ORLEANS â€“ In front of the largest crowd of the season, Lake Region easily disposed of the BFA-Fairfax Bullets, while honoring their 6 seniors for 4 years of hard work and dedication, in the annual â€śSenior Night.â€ť Emily Comins, Sarah Bedard, Sara Piette, Autumn Beaton, Caylin Gallup, and Kylie Atwood have â€śrepresented what it means to be a Lady Ranger,â€ť in the words of coach Mark Tinker.
While the night was set up to honor the seniors, there also was a subplot waiting to unfold. Atwood entered the game needing only 16 points to join Donna Lawson and Abbey Lalime as recent member of the exclusive 1,000 point scorers club.
Gallup got the blue and white on the board with a jump shot from the right elbow; on the next possession Atwoodâ€™s baseline runner pushed the Rangers into the lead for the first time in the contest.
Allison Hall and Tyrah Urie would also get into the scorerâ€™s book to close out the first quarter scoring with the Lady Rangers on top 9-4.
Both ball-clubs would trade basket for basket during the second quarter. Every time Lake Region seemed poised to make a run, the Bullets would claw back. Hall extended the lead to 6 after a nice coast-to-coast trip at 15-9.
Chance Carpenter and Meghan Bochanski each scored inside to make it 15-13 before a perfect 4-4 showing from the free throw line by Atwood and Drew Neal pushed the lead to 19-13. Bochanski, using her dominant post moves, would score 4 more points sending the game to its halftime score of 19-17.
However, the 3rd quarter belonged to the home team in the blue and white uniforms. Drew Neal opened the scoring with a 3-ball from deep in the corner and Atwood would remain solid at the line, going 4-4 pushing the lead to 26-19. The scoreboard would grow to 32-19 with a pair of Gallup 3â€™s before Atwood, using her patented floater in the lane, pushed the score to 15.
Seconds before the clock expired, Carpenter knocked down 2 leaners inside to send us to the 4th with the Bullets trailing Lake Region 32-24.
Needing only 6 points to reach the 1000 club, Atwood was on a mission in the 4th quarter. She opened her scoring with a long 3 pointer from 22 feet 3 minutes into the period. One the next possession she would record point number 999 with a jump shot from the right block to put her team on top 42-25, setting the stage for the inevitable.
With just under 2 minutes to go in the contest, Atwood would steal the ball at mid-court and take it all the way home for point number 1001, sending the Ranger faithful absolutely crazy.
The game would be paused for a brief moment as Athletic Director Eric Degre recognized the important milestone. Atwoodâ€™s mom presented her with balloons and Fairfax coach Mike Wells congratulated the soon-to-be Catamount on her great accomplishment.
With Lake Region on top 44-27, coach Tinker pulled his starting seniors from the court, allowing the fans to also recognize them for their years of hard work. The game would finish with BFA on a 5-0 run, but it was not enough as the Lady Rangers held on to win 44-32.
Tinker said after the game that, â€śwe had a couple of agendas tonight: recognize these seniors, get the victory, and get Kylie to do it at home and we accomplished all three.â€ť
â€śWe just wanted her to do it in front of the home fans, she deserved it and they deserved it,â€ť he added about the Atwood milestone.
â€śRight now this means so much to me. I didnâ€™t know if I was going to get here with my injury,â€ť said Atwood. â€śI have to thank my teammates, my coaches, and all the fans because I couldnâ€™t have done it without them.â€ť
Meghan Bochanski had an all-around dominant performance knocking down 15 points for the Bullets, while Chance Carpenter chipped in with 8.
Atwood led the Lady Rangers with a game and season high 17 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the line. Gallup reached double-digits with 12 points, going 3-3 from beyond the arch. Hall recorded 8 points on the evening, while Piette was pivotal on the glass ripping down 8 rebounds.
The Rangers, (10-7) close out the season with 3 games on the road. The first of which is next Wednesday night when they travel to Northfield to take on the Marauders. J/V will tip off at 5:30 with Varsity to follow at 7:00