B'ville's Monnat passes 1,000 points

Bees star fourth player in school history to reach milestone

— Everything aligned for Baldwinsville girls basketball senior Maggie Monnat to hit a big personal milestone.

In front of a large home crowd Thursday night in the Baker High School gym, Monnat surpassed 1,000 career points, even though the Bees went on to a 47-40 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius.

This happened during B'ville's Senior Night, which already had plenty of festivities. It included flowers, balloons, an appearance by the school's pep band and, to top it all, the remaining varsity players, plus the entire JV team and JV head coach Jeff Ross, putting together a dance routine.

All of this to honor the six seniors on the team - Maggie Monnat, Liz Giromini, Angelica Romeu, Andrea Moore, Erika Wilcox and Claire Monnat.

Entering the night, Maggie Monnat had 993 career points, as she had, at times, carried the Bees along this season in the absence of her twin sister, Claire, who injured her knee during soccer season. B'ville was also without guard Gabi Jordan, due to an injury she suffered late in the season.

The other five seniors started, facing a tall task against an F-M side that was 15-2 and no. 17 in the state Class AA rankings. But the Bees dominated the early stages, taking a 20-8 lead by the early part of the second quarter.

Monnat had a three-point play and a jumper in the game's first three minutes, moving her career total to 998. A free throw late in the period put her at 999 and, seconds later, she forced a steal and drove to the basket, hitting the lay-up.

As soon as that happened, the crowd gave Monnat a standing ovation and her teammates, including Claire Monnat, rushed out to hug her.

Athletic director Bruce Quimby infomed the crowd that Monnat had become the fourth player in school history, and the third girl, to pass the 1,000-point mark. Then Monnat took the game ball and a commemorative plaque to her parents in the stands.

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