NUTLEY, NJ--Nutley senior Abby Scheidel joined some very select company on Monday afternoon.
When Scheidel made a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter against Payne Tech in Newark, she became just the seventh player in team history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.
"It would've been nice if we could've pulled out a win," said Scheidel, whose team suffered a 54-41 loss. "But we've been playing very well of late. Honestly, it was a little stressful the last few games so I'm relieved and happy I was finally able to get it."
Scheidel, a 5-7, guard, finished the game with 17 points as Nutley had its four-game winning streak snapped in a game that was rescheduled from Jan. 3.
Nutley quickly got back to its winning ways on Tuesday evening when it earned a 55-38 decision over Newark Academy at home.
Scheidel led the way with a game-high 20 points while freshman Liana Minichini (18 points), Jaden Long (eight points), Rebecca Echevarria (five points) and Mackenzie Albert (four points) also scored.
To her credit, Scheidel said it didn't matter that she didn't reach the 1,000 point plateau at home.
"Its just as special to do it on the road," said Scheidel. "I was lucky to be able to have lots of family and friends there and they stopped the game after I reached it which was very nice.
"I saw Courtney Wilde (reach 1,000 points) last year and I know that not a lot of players have done it so its not something I take lightly."
Scheidel joins Tracy Dixon, Sarah Clarke, Kim DiVincenzo, Gina Pollitt, Blair Watson and Wilde in achieving the feat.
"Abby is such a great kid and works very hard," said Nutley head coach Larry Mitschow. "We had an 0-3 start and were getting a little nervous but we're starting to jell now and gaining confidence along the way."
After a 1-4 start, Nutley defeated Lodi, Verona, West Essex and Arts in succession - its longest winning streak since it won five straight two years ago.
Scheidel, who is averaging just over 16 points per game, has now scored 1,027 career points. She has also taken more of a leadership role with her teammates.
"We had a slow start and basically I just tried to boost our confidence and let them know to stay focused," said Scheidel, who will head to Muhlenberg College next fall. "Winning five of our last six has really helped turn things around and we want to keep it going.
"Our first 16 games go towards whether we'll be in the state tournament and we would really like to have a home game or two."
Nutley (6-5) will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 17 when it travels to Caldwell to play Mount St. Dominic (4-5) at 6 p.m. The Maroon Raiders will return home on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they play host to Columbia (5-3) at 2:30 p.m.
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