Chelsea Moussette joins 1,000-point club for Hampshire Regional



Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2016

Westhampton — Points No. 999 and 1,000 of Hampshire Regional senior Chelsea Moussette’s career appeared caught in a finger trap.

The harder she tried to reach them the further they would move away.

Moussette entered Wednesday’s 65-39 girls basketball win over Palmer needing five points to reach the milestone.

It was senior night, and she wanted to be done with the pageantry and just play.

She scored three points in the first quarter on fast-break layup she finished through traffic then converted the following free throw.

A floater, several layups and an off-the-dribble 3-pointer wouldn’t fall for her in the first quarter.

“I needed to settle down. I had 1,000 points all working in my head, one more shot,” Moussette said. “I just needed to settle down. I just wanted to get it over with so we could play our game.”

Six minutes, 53 seconds remained until halftime when Moussette received an outlet pass from fellow senior Nicole Buzzee at the Palmer 3-point line.

Moussette pushed the ball through open space, beat Palmer’s Molly Lombardi off the dribble and sank a floater in the lane to reach 1,000.



“I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” she said. “It was such a great feeling to finally get it done.”

The basket put Hampshire (17-2, 4-1 Central) up 18-12 with 6:48 until halftime.

The Raiders led by four after one quarter, as both Moussette and the team pushed to get her to quadruple digits.

“I think we were all pressing for it for a little bit. We were all in the mind to get the ball to Chels,” Hampshire junior Katy O’Connor said. “Finally our coach said, ‘calm down, play the game. It’ll all work out.’”

O’Connor scored the 1,000th point of her career in a win over Monson on Feb. 2.

She found herself in a unique position to give advice to Moussette having experienced the occasion herself.

“I was like, ‘Chels, it’s five points, you can do that in your sleep.’ I was kind of telling her what I was feeling because for me it was a much bigger number,” O’Connor said. “I was like ‘for you, this is just playing your game.’”

Once the sought-after layup dropped, Moussette received the customary flowers and hugs.

Her family brought her a large box of goldfish and a teddy bear larger than her body.

After pictures were taken and grandparents were hugged, Moussette flipped in a fast-break layup during the next passage of play.

The Raiders returned to their customary form in the second quarter, outscoring Palmer 21-7 with the help of a 19-3 run.

Palmer (5-13, 0-7 Central) trailed 35-17 at halftime and didn’t score its first points of the second half until Maddy Stahelski made a free throw with 4:25 left in the third quarter.

“With the whole it’s senior night and Chelsea’s going to get her 1,000, once that was out of the way and we remembered we have a game we have to play and a mission we have to get done, we started to play our game,” O’Connor said.

Moussette (six steals, four assists) finished with 22 points, tied for the team lead with O’Connor (13 rebounds).

A standing ovation greeted Moussette when she checked out of the game for the first time with 2:39 left.

“Not only is she here before practice playing, she’s here after practice playing. She spends hours and hours in the gym,” Hampshire coach Amy Cyr said. “My son asked me, ‘Why is Chelsea still staying? Practice is over.’ I said, ‘It’s so she can be the best that she can be.’”

When Chelsea’s career total is added to the banner in Hampshire’s gym, it won’t be the only Moussette hanging.

She joined her cousin, Jen Moussette, in the Raiders’ 1,000-point club.

Jen Moussette is Hampshire’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,098 points.

Chelsea was in the gym to watch her score No. 2,000 on her own senior night in 2005.

“It’s really special to me that my cousin and I both have over 1,000 points,” Chelsea Moussette said. “I was kind of young at that point, but I thought, this is going to be me one day.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com.


 

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