Delaware County has seen two players eclipse the heralded 1,000-point plateau already this season.
Notre Dame standouts Megan McGurk and Kathleen Fitzpatrick hold the honors. Only 122 girls players have ever scored 1,000 career points, so it’s rare to see two current teammates reach the milestone, especially in the same season.
There are four active players with 1,000-plus points: McGurk, Fitzpatrick, Delco Christian’s Stacey MacArthur and Episcopal Academy’s Megan Quinn, the reigning Daily Times Player of the Year.
Among the four, it would appear Quinn is on pace to finish her career with the most points. Let’s take a look where they stand ALL-TIME as the new year begins:
32. Quinn, 1,309
58. MacArthur, 1,171
62. McGurk, 1,150
88. Fizpatrick 1,064
If you’re wondering if Quinn can become the county’s all-time scorer, well, it’s highly unlikely. Kristin Clement of Cardinal O’Hara owns perhaps one of the greatest unbreakable records in Delco sports history. She scored 2,256 points at O’Hara, which means Quinn would need to score 947 points to tie her, or 1,138 total points her senior year. So, yeah, it would appear Quinn doesn’t have a shot. But she can, with a crazy-good final 1 1/2 months of the season, finish as high as third (Penn Wood’s Dominique Lewis, with 1,709 points, owns that spot).
Quinn can leapfrog O’Hara’s Steph Holzer (1,313 points) for 31st place in her next game. She’ll also can overtake Sun Valley’s Nikki Sheeky (1,318), Prendie’s Michele Thornton (1,327), Marple’s Lindsey Cassidy (1,328) and Notre Dame’s Aimee Willard (1,331) as soon as today, when the Churchmen face Friends’ Central.
As for McGurk and Fitzpatrick, they have a little ways to go before they catch up with Maria DiDonato, who owns the school record with 1,637 points.
MacArthur, who along with Quinn hit the 1,000-point mark as a junior last season, needs only 24 points to tie Notre Dame’s Maureen Delaney (1,195) for 50th place.
Emily Homan’s school record of 1,581 points — which ranks 11th all-time — is not out of the question.
We’ll see more girls basketball players hit 1,000 points before the end of the season. Sun Valley’s Gia DeAngelo and Interboro’s Olivia Encarnacion are well on their way.
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