Grace Guachione scores career point 1,000
Miss Hall's School junior Grace Guachione entered her squad's game against Deerfield Academy on Wednesday needing 21 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
She recorded 23, becoming the first player in Miss Hall's history to score 1,000 points, in her team's 48-39 road victory.
"I was relaxed," Guachione said. "I was just focused on the game. We were only up by three at halftime, so I was trying to create open shots for my team."
Her 1,000th point came off a steal from Sarah Willson, who hit Guachione with a pass en route to a breakaway layup.
Guachione entered her team's previous game 49 points away from 1,000. She scores around 20 points per game, according to Miss Hall's coach Brad Horth, meaning she had a shot at getting it in two games while likely taking three if needed.
The Pittsfield native scored 28 in her previous game, allowing her to only need 21 on Wednesday.
"She's just been fantastic, she's a leader on and off the court," Horth said. "She's a great kid and great student. She's done so much for the program. You've got a lot of local kids who have come in and lifted the program."
There was a stoppage in the game after she registered her landmark point. With the game on the road, Miss Hall's called a time out to take a moment for celebration. Guachione's teammates had flowers, balloons and posters for the junior.
"We tend to preach a family atmosphere with our players," Horth said. "There was a countdown on the bench. Her reaction was incredible, we took a timeout to stop and enjoy it for a second."
Although Guachione almost didn't get to the milestone on Wednesday, she still had plenty of time left to get there in the future as it's only December of her junior season.
"Going into the season I wasn't really sure where I was at," Guachione said of her point total. "Before this week, they were like 'You're 49 points away.' Before this week I didn't know when I would get it.
"I'm pumped to get it out of the way," she continued. "It was a team effort, 100 percent."
For Guachione, it's just another step as she and her teammates have helped Miss Hall's become more of a sports power in recent years.
"I think for me, personally, I had the mindset that this was a sports school," Guachione said. "With coach [Matt] Ward as our [former] AD and coach and the determination that he had to create a better program at the school, it's only going to get better."
Miss Hall's is back in action on Friday at Stoneleigh-Burnham School.
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