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Sydney Snyder becomes fastest Miner to score 1,000 points

Jan. 9—FROSTBURG — Sydney Snyder became the fastest player in Mountain Ridge history to surpass 1,000 career points, doing so in style on Monday in the No. 1 Miners' 69-42 win over Northern.

"It means a lot to me," Snyder said. "I've always had this goal on my mind ever since I started playing at Mountain Ridge. I couldn't have done it without my teammates' help and the support from my family."

Snyder became the fourth girl and fifth overall player to score 1,000 points at Mountain Ridge. She surpassed Alexie Arnold as the quickest to score 1,000.

Arnold took 62 games when she surpassed it in 2018. Snyder only needed 55 games.

The other two girls are Shae Winner in 2013 and Madi Nightengale in 2011. Winner needed 93 games while Nightengale took 83.

Snyder will likely surpass Arnold for third-most points in the girl's program. Arnold currently has 1,059, trailing Winner, who has the most at 1,163, and Nightengale, in second, at 1,134 for the all-time lead.

After Monday's performance, Snyder has 1,013 points.

David Hobel is the only boys player to eclipse 1,000 points when he did it during the 2008-09 season.

Snyder missed her entire freshman year because COVID cancelled the season and four games in her sophomore season were also cancelled due to COVID exposures.

"Just all the hard work over the years," Mountain Ridge head coach Todd Snyder said of what stood out about her record-breaking moment. "From the time she started following her brother around and shooting and dribbling, to all the countless hours she puts in the gym that goes unseen, it's just a surreal moment. It's great for Sydney and all her hard work. Not just her, but all her teammates and everyone that's been involved."

Snyder entered Monday's game with 989 points and scored seven in the first quarter and three in the second, putting her at 999 entering halftime.

"She didn't talk too much about it," coach Snyder said. "I knew for her, I'm glad it's over. She wanted to do it in front of the home crowd. Glad that it happened, she got great support. It was great for those people to see that."

It didn't take long for the moment to come, as with 6:31 left in the third quarter, Reghan Sivic recorded a steal for the Miners (9-1, 3-0 WestMAC).

Kealana Pua'auli set up Snyder who hit a 3-pointer for the milestone.

Mountain Ridge paused the game to acknowledge her and she was swarmed by her teammates.

"It felt really good," Snyder said. "My teammates coming in to hug me and everything, it just felt really good."

Following the record-breaking triple, Snyder scored 11 points the remainder of the game. She made three more triples and scored 14 in the second half.

"It felt like a big relief just straight off my shoulders after I hit that 3 to get that record," Snyder said. "After that, it was just not so much stress on me."

Snyder finished with 24 points, seven assists and a steal. She tied her own school record with six 3-pointers, tying a personal best she set last week against Shalom.

While Snyder was the story of the game, several other Miners also had standout performances.

Sivic scored nine of Mountain Ridge's 19 points in the first quarter and helped the Miners open the game on a 17-3 run.

"We got the ball inside, she went up strong," coach Snyder said. "She made some strong moves on the inside. We need Reghan to be able to make those moves and be able to score on the inside like that moving forward."

Sivic finished with 12 points, scoring 11 in the first half.

Pua'auli scored five points with eight assists and two steals.

"She got herself in foul trouble early, but she learned to play with some fouls, stayed out of foul trouble," coach Snyder said. "I was proud of her for that. For her to keep those fouls off was a good thing."

Rhegan Lamberson scored six points with four assists, three steals and a block.

Mountain Ridge led 19-9 after one quarter and 37-24 at halftime.

"I thought Mountain Ridge did a great job getting up and down the floor," Northern head coach Dave Yoder said. "They had a fast pace game, that's how they like to play. We tried playing zone to slow them down, but they kept moving the ball really well. Hats off to Sydney, she's a great player."

The Huskies (5-3, 1-2 WestMAC) were aggressive in the first half and went 11 of 13 on free throws after generating seven trips in the half.

"We were real sloppy on the defensive end," coach Snyder said. "We gave them a lot of opportunities, they attacked us. I wanted to force them to make some shots from the outside, but we continued to let them get to the foul line."

Abby Nelson led Northern with 13 points in the first half. She was 8 of 9 at the line and 14 of 15 for the game.

"We've tried to incorporate a little more driving into our offense," Yoder said. "A little more aggressive offense, getting into the lane and drawing the defense and getting to the foul line."

Nelson finished with a game-high 26 points and also had a pair of assists and steals.

Kaylee Bowser scored nine points in the first half for Northern and finished with 11 points and a steal.

"She's always an intense player, she works extremely hard," Yoder said. "I was glad to see her get some points."

While the Huskies were effective at the line, Northern struggled from the field. The Huskies shot 6 of 21 (29%) in the first half while the Miners went 13 of 23 (57%).

"We ran our offense decently, but our shots just weren't falling," Yoder said. "Credit to Mountain Ridge's good defense."

Mountain Ridge led 50-33 after three quarters and outscored Northern 32-18 in the second half.

Northern faces Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, on the road on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Mountain Ridge heads to Ram Arena for a matchup with No. 2 Southern on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

"I was glad I got to set it here, to have everyone from my community here to be with me felt good," Sydney Snyder said.

Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.