SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - One thousand points is a huge accomplishment. Reaching the milestone as a junior is a rare feat.

With a third quarter bucket from the elbow, Mackenzie O’Brien earned the 1,000th point of her career. She got the ball at the point from guard Julianne Ferraro, dribbled in the lane, spun around and made the basket right in front the free throw line. The home crowd rose to their feet and cheered her name loudly. O’Brien could not stop smiling.

 

“I was nervous in the third quarter,” O’Brien said. “My teammates kept telling me to go for it and they kept making the right moves. I am so grateful to have these girls by my side. It is beyond what I wished for.”

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It was a tough start to the game for O’Brien as she was able to score four points in the first quarter, but had three fouls by the six minute mark in the second quarter. She was taken out of the game and did not come back in until after the halftime break. Being careful of her foul trouble, she still played as hard as she could and starting getting the opportunities to inch closer to the mark.

“It was getting tight with the fouls and they were adding up,” O’Brien said. “My teammates kept looking for me to get open and make the right plays and I wanted to do the same for them as well.”

The Lady Tigers (9-11, 8-8 GMC-White) ended up falling to the neighboring Edison Lady Eagles (16-5, 14-2 GMC-White) 53-35. The second quarter proved to be a big difference maker being that the Lady Tigers could not earn a point. Up by two after the first quarter, the green and white gave up 15 unanswered points in the second quarter, trailing by 13 at the half. The Lady Eagles never allowed the Lady Tigers to come close again, however the proud moment for O’Brien gave the team something to be happy about.

“I see how hard she works every single day,” Corisdeo said. “She is proof that if you work hard good things will happen.”

With a 15 point performance, O’Brien currently stands at 1,005 points total while averaging 13.8 points per game in her career. That number is sparked by an impressive 16.6 points per game average this season. She also had nine rebounds in the loss to Edison. Although O’Brien is proud of this accomplishment, she is determined t push herself to even greater feats in what is left of this season and all of her senior season.

“I don’t think I am done yet.” O’Brien said. “I would like to see how many points I can rack up. I also want to see where I can bring this team along with my teammates as we play in GMC’s and the state tournament coming up.”

“When we play Tiger basketball, the results will take care of themselves,” Corisdeo said. :”We are building a great team that plays team basketball. We just need to work hard and play hard every day.”

O’Brien and the Lady Tigers will look to get back in the win column on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Immaculata. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 

Box Score

Team

1

2

3

4

Final

South Plainfield (9-11)

12

0

12

11

35

Edison (16-5)

10

15

16

12

53

 

South Plainfield Team Stats

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

32

10

1

9

 

South Plainfield Player Stats

Player

2pt

3pt

FT

Total Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

Deleaney Born

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

1

Julianne Ferraro

2

0

0

4

6

2

0

4

Mackenzie O'Brien

7

0

1

15

9

3

0

1

Tori Euston

1

1

1

6

9

2

1

0

Brianna Harris

0

0

1

1

7

2

0

0

Alexis Robinson

2

1

0

7

1

0

0

3

Total:

13

2

3

35

32

10

1

9