WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield junior guard Lillian Scott scored the 1,000th point of her career with 18 points against the Rahway Lady Indians Tuesday at Westfield High School. Westfield bounced back from two consecutive losses to Dayton and New Providence with a convincing 60-20 victory.
“This is a very close-knit team,” Westfield Head Coach Joseph Marino said. “The girls played very well, and we are all very happy for [Scott].”
After starting the game on an 11-2 run, the Westfield Lady Devils, helped by six early points from sophomore Center Amalia Montes, never looked back.
“Our girls weren’t quite as effective at stopping the Westfield attack as I’d like them to be,” said Rahway Head Coach Danielle Brown. “I’m glad we were able to compete, but we need to be quicker at rebounding and defending.
By the middle of the second quarter, the buzz going around the court focused mainly on Scott’s upcoming milestone. After a few close misses, the Westfield guard scored her milestone bucket on a right-handed layup, sparking a standing ovation from the Westfield crowd.
“It was a relief to finally get [my 1,000th point],” Scott admitted after the game. “I didn’t really want to know how close I was until I was actually there.”
The Westfield onslaught continued in the second half with a 58-12 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Rahway managed to outscore Westfield 8-2 in the final quarter, but this final surge of energy was too little too late to overcome Westfield’s massive lead.
“We played a little better towards the end, but we need to get better throughout the game,” senior guard Brianna Carr explained.
Westfield took advantage of the game in order to return to form, and Scott’s milestone demonstrated the collective unity of the team.
Scott and her junior guard partner-in-crime Jackie Knapp continue to prove to be two of the premier players in the state of New Jersey. Scott became just the fourth player to score 1,000 points in Westfield history.
Rahway will host St. Mary’s High School of Elizabeth Thursday to try to improve its 8-6 record, while 16-2 Westfield visits rival Scotch Plains.