Lucy Barrett cracks the 1,000-point mark in Greylock hoop win
LENOX -- Sometimes stories just come full circle. On Tuesday night, it did just that for Mount Greylock's Lucy Barrett.
Three years ago, Barrett -- then an eighth-grader -- was put on the floor to fill in for standout Sarah Brink, who had just gone down with an injury.
Barrett responded with her first varsity points, finished with 17 and helped lead Greylock past Lenox.
Fast forward to Tuesday, the Mountie was back in Lenox and had a milestone within her grasp. She was 22 points away from 1,000 for her career.
Her first basket of the second half, a putback in tight, gave her exactly 1,000 and sparked a small Mountie surge that proved too much for a Millionaire comeback, giving Greylock a 59-42 South Division victory. She became the 44th girl in county basketball history to reach the mark.
"It just feels really great where I started my varsity playing [career] and to have this accomplishment on the same court," she said. "I didn't think about it coming into the game. I just kind of let the game come to me."
It was no secret Barrett was nearing the century mark. The crowd that followed the Mounties south was large and pro-Barrett. The celebration that ensued when the key basket fell through dwarfed all others.
"It definitely means a lot seeing all these people come out for that," she said. "It put a little pressure on, but I wasn't worried about whether I got it tonight or not. Just wanted to get the win."
Her dad, coach Paul Barrett, said he wasn't nervous for his daughter, but did want her to reach the mark Tuesday.
"I suppose if we weren't playing Mount Everett [next on Thursday] and having to travel all the way down there ... I knew we had a lot of people coming," he said. "I'm like I would like her to get it tonight. That was really my only nervousness."
Before she could celebrate with her team and closest friends and family, Lenox senior Liz Mitts rushed to her and gave her a strong hug.
"We're really good friends," said Mitts, who played with Barrett on an AAU team this past offseason. "I'm so proud of her and happy for her for getting 1,000. It's awesome.
"I really wanted her to get it. It's just a great feeling for her and that team. She's only a junior, and I'm just so happy for her."
Barrett was scoreless for almost the first five minutes, but it seemed a time out with 3:28 left in the first quarter settled her down. She had missed a few shots in the first couple of minutes, but then scored Greylock's next 11 and gave the Mounties a 15-9 lead 34 seconds into the second quarter.
In true Barrett style, her streak was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers. She added another trey late in the first half, bringing her within four of 1,000. It also gave Greylock its first double-digit lead of the night (26-14).
She capped off her 12-point second quarter and 20-point first half with a putback just before the break. That brought her within two of 1,000.
"The only time we talked about it was I saw the sign over there said 998. I'm like, ‘Are you kidding me? She had 20 in the first half?' " Paul Barrett said. "We went into the locker room, talked about what we had to do in the second half. And then it was OK, let's get her the two points and then get that done so we can finish the game."
Lucy Barrett didn't waste much time securing that milestone basket. She added another four points after that, giving her a game-high 26 points.
"Like I said, just letting the game come to me," Lucy Barrett said of finding her rhythm. "When I had an open shot, I made sure I had my feet set, took that extra second on my follow through and they were going in."
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