WESTFIELD, NJ — Lillian Scott is known for a drive and a work ethic that is very rare even in the competitive world of high school girls’ basketball. With 19 points last week at home against Rahway last week, Scott became just the fourth female basketball player in Westfield High School history to score 1,000 points.
“It feels very special to have my name next to such an elite group of players,” Scott said, taking time to laud the support of fellow 1,000-point scorer and assistant coach Liz McKeon.
In praise of Scott’s admirable achievement and her competitive attitude, The Alternative Press of Westfield is proud to announce Lillian Scott is its first Athlete of the Week.
Scott has been involved in basketball since the second grade, and her drive to see her team succeed has its foundations in her childhood. Not only does basketball allow Scott to unwind when the world around her is filled with stress, it also gives her the ability to work together with her team in battle as it marches to victory.
“There is no greater feeling for me than playing in a big game that’s down to the wire, and I love nothing more than hearing the roar of the crowd when my team makes a good play,” she explained.
It has been this close-knit atmosphere of the Westfield Lady Devils that has fostered the team’s and Scott’s recent successes.
“We’re all really proud of Lillian’s achievement,” said Head Coach Joseph Marino. “The girls are really supportive of each other.”
Scoring another 34 points combined against Union and Scotch Plains, Scott does not seem to have any desire to let up on her scoring rampage. She said she knows that even after scoring 1,000 points, she still has to perform at her best so that the team will continue to do well as it looks forward to even greater success after a 18-2 start to the season.
“Our team goals for the rest of the season are to make a run in the county and state championships,” Scott said.
Already seeded second for the county tournament, Westfield looks poised to make a deep run in both tournaments. For now, the Lady Blue Devils look to continue the stretch of individual and group glory at South Brunswick on Thursday, weather permitting.