BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Star senior center Lindsay Gerrato grabbed her 1,000th career point in the second quarter of a conference match-up as the Lady Highlanders fell to the Rahway Indians Thursday afternoon, 58-53.
Needing 19 points to reach this milestone, Gerrato was able to get a jumper shot in towards the end of the second quarter and continued to tally 24 game points. What made the moment even more special, Gerrato was quick to point out that her long-time childhood friend and teammate Lara Romano assisted with the basket. "We've been playing together since fourth grade -- it was perfect," said Gerrato.
Gerrato couldn't shake off the pressure during Tuesday's low scoring loss against the more skilled Westfield team at home. She came into Thursday's game with a different outlook and wasn't thinking about reaching the milestone. "Today, I felt less pressure because it was an away game," said Gerrato. "If I think about it, it will make me nervous -- so I didn't think about it. I didn't even realize I made the 1,000 point until they all ran out." Head coach Vin Gulbin immediately called a time out and the team and bench ran out to celebrate -- even the host team celebrated the moment with her.
This milestone, achieved by few, will be marked in Gov. Livingston history as Gerrato's name will proudly hang on a banner in the Red Gym alongside other Highlander greats including Alyssa Polimeni, who was last to achieve the mark in 2012 with 1115 career points.
"I will always look at the banner and see my name -- super cool," said Gerrato. She remembers attending Berkeley Basketball Camp as a young aspiring player and telling her coach Lauren Munick '08, Girls Basketball 1,000 Point Club member, that she would be joining her one day on the wall.
"She [Gerrato] is a special player that in three years she scored 1,000 points and we still have about 8 games in the season," said Gulbin. "No one can take that away from her -- it's up on that wall and she made history. Everytime she walks back in the gym it will be there."
Trailing as much as 12 points in the first half due to Rahway's hot shooting, GL came back in the third quarter and went up in the fourth with the help of Skylar Dowling hitting threes and successfully driving the basket. GL had opportunities to win the game with a three-ball in the last minute of play -- "they just didn't go in," said Gulbin. "That's what happens sometimes. We played hard and Rahway was a little bit better of a team."
Along with Gerrato's 24 points and 9 rebounds, Skylar Dowling contributed 19 points including three 3-pointers. Ally McGlynn and Lara Romano chipped in four points a piece and Fiona Kerr added two points. With the loss, GL drops to 9-8 on the season.
Next, the Lady Highlanders will play Union High School away on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tip-off.