Nora Young surpasses 1000 career points, leads Granby in overtime win over Monson

  • Nora Young, center, of Granby, pulls a string and unveils a banner recognizing 1000th career point after scoring it against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, center, of Granby, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, center, of Granby, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, center, of Granby, splits Monson defenders Alivia Skowyra, left, and Sydnie DeVries to score her 1000th career point, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, center right, of Granby, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her 1,000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday at Granby High School. Young finished with 31 points during the Rams’ 55-54 overtime win over the Mustangs. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos and video. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, of Granby, hugs her father, Ron Young, while celebrating her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, second from left, of Granby, celebrates her 1000th career point with her teammates and coach Tom Burke after scoring it during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, of Granby, stands beside her parents, Ron and Christine Young, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, left, of Granby, bumps shoulders with teammate Kaeleigh Croteau while celebrating her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, of Granby, hugs her mother, Christine Young, while celebrating her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, of Granby, hugs her coach, Tom Burke, while celebrating her 1000th career point during a game against Monson, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at Granby High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2019 11:27:04 PM

GRANBY — Nora Young left her fingerprints all over her 1,000-point game.

The Granby junior eclipsed the quadruple-digit milestone late in the first quarter. She began Monday’s girls basketball game against Monson with 993 career points, and her teammates tried to get her to 1,000 as quickly as possible.

Young made five free throws in the first quarter to get to 998. With 38 seconds left in the quarter, Young pushed the ball up the floor and drove into the paint. Four Mustangs crowded her, but she split the trap and scooped a shot up with her favored left hand. The ball kissed off the window and dropped to put her at 1,000.

“It just kind of comes naturally,” Young said.

She jumped into the air and pumped both fists before her teammates surrounded her for a bear hug. Then Young jogged over to a ripcord hanging to the left of the scoreboard. After she pulled it, Granby’s 1,000-point banner unfurled with Young’s name on it. She’s the first athlete in school history to score 1,000 points in basketball and 100 points in soccer.

“Some of these kids you know in seventh and eighth grade they’re going to be special players. Nora was one of those kids, you could see it,” Granby coach Tom Burke said. “Their love for the game is great. They have the passion to get better. That’s not every kid. Nora’s very special.”

Meghan Sullivan, now at Amherst College, was the last 1,000-point scorer for the girls program in 2015.

“I loved being surrounded by my teammates,” Young said. “No way I would’ve been able to do it without them.”

Once she posed for pictures with her family, coach and Granby athletic director Alison Jordan-Gagner, the game restarted. Granby led by nine, but there was a long way to go.

The Rams survived a Monson comeback, foul trouble for one of their starters and overtime, eventually winning 55-54. Young scored nine of her career-high matching 31 points in overtime and picked up 12 rebounds, five steals, four blocks and four assists.

She put the Rams up 50-46 with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left after intercepting a pass and sprinting down the court for an easy layup. Young also broke the tie at 46 with a simple turnaround jumper that put Granby up for the last time.

“She’s got great touch,” Burke said. “You can’t get to this point without having a good touch or being a good free-throw shooter.”

Young sealed the game with a free throw, her 14th of the night, with 11.1 seconds left, but she wasn’t the only Ram to stay cool at the free-throw line. Kayla McCreary went to the line shooting one-and-one with 23.1 seconds left and a 52-51 lead. The junior swished both for a three-point lead.

“Kayla’s really grown as a player. Not afraid to take a big shot, and I’m not afraid to give her the ball,” Burke said.

Even with Young’s monster game, Granby’s role players contributed in the clutch. Faith Bergeron scored all four of her points in the fourth quarter by being in the right spot and making easy layups on passes. She put the Rams ahead 40-38 with 2:17 left then drew a charge on Monson’s offensive possession. After the Mustangs regained the lead, Bergeron found her spot on the left block and hit another layup after Kaeleigh Croteau’s drive pulled an extra defender.

“They’ve been able to step up into a role that’s proven how tough they are and how they can handle it,” Young said.

Croteau was playing just her second game of the season after being medically cleared following concussions that ended her soccer season. She hit two of her three 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the third quarter, sinking a heave from nearly half court at the buzzer that tied the game at 32. Croteau (11 points) stood still and stared down the rim after the ball dropped, admiring.

“I just didn’t believe it went in,” Croteau said. “It was just shocking.”

Granby needed the boost those triples provided. The Rams led by as many as nine in the first half before Monson chipped away and took its first lead, 27-26, after a Sydnig Devries offensive rebound and putback with 3:23 left in the third.

“We kind of lost it a little bit, our edge, after she got that 1,000,” Burke said. “That’s OK.”

They regained it by the start of the fourth quarter and executed down the stretch to win for the third time in their last four games and get back to .500.

“This is where it starts, now,” Young said.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.



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