SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Forward Kelly Osmulksi admits that at the beginning of the season getting to 1,000 points was not on her mind.
She was always a solid player for the Summit Lady Hilltoppers during her varsity career as a sophomore and junior, but did not stand out in the eyes of many. Osmulski makes sure people are watching this year and she does it with her play on the court.
The senior averages just less than 16 points a game to lead her team and became the second player on Summit this year to reach the 1,000 point mark when she netted a basket at the beginning of the fourth quarter in Summit’s 49-38 win over Union Catholic High School on Thursday evening in Scotch Plains.
“It feels great to accomplish getting 1,000 because at the beginning of the season I didn’t know if I was there,” Osmulski said with a smile after the game. “I actually never really thought about it. I just wanted to play and have fun. I never had any idea that I was actually going to get it."
The milestone came at the beginning of the fourth quarter when she needed only one point to surpass 1,000.
Unlike many of her baskets this season, which come from hard work underneath, Osmulski got 1,000 and 1,001 when she netted a jump shot from the left side of the court to give Summit a 42-30 lead five seconds into the final quarter of play. She finished with a team high of 18 points.
“I thought it I was going to make a layup because I usually score off layups. It felt kind of good,” Osmulski said.
Fittingly enough, Osmulki’s jumper was assisted by senior guard Kate Martino who surpassed the 1,000 point mark on Jan. 31 in a Summit victory over Linden High School. The two have been playing together on the varsity squad for the past three years and average nearly 30 points a game this season.
“It’s just fun because I’ve been playing basketball with Kate since like third or fourth grade. We play every sport together. It feels great accomplishing something together,” Osmulski commented.
Summit Head Coach Brian Erickson, who has led Summit to a 20-5 record thus far and an appearance in the Union County semi-finals, had nothing but kind words to say about Osmulski’s accomplishment.
He was particularly proud that she did it in just three years, not four, as is this case with many high school basketball players who reach that many points in their tenure.
“Kelly did it in three years and I think that’s what makes it incredible. It’s a great feat and we’re all very excited and happy for her,” Erickson said.
And about her play on the floor that is arguably the primary reason why Summit is one of the best teams in Union County this year:
“She takes good shots. She’s patient. She passed a couple of shots tonight because she didn’t want to rush it. She’s a smart player like that,” he said about his senior star. “If you look at the stat sheet, she’s always got a couple of assists and some steals too.”
Summit was down 10-9 midway through the first quarter when they went on a 13-2 run that gave them a nine point lead at the beginning of the second. Osmulksi scored six points during that stretch and Nicole Johnson, who finished with 15, added four.
The Summit lead dwindled to just four with just under six minutes left in the third, but then Amanda Murphy and Osmulksi scored to stretch the lead back to eight at 34-26.
Union Catholic got to within six at the 4:02 mark of the fourth quarter after Jasmine Serano, who led her squad with 17, hit a jumper.
Summit closed out the game with a 5-0 run. Osmulksi hit from underneath, Johnson netted a pair of free throws and Martino hit one from the line.
The next test for Summit comes when they host Voorhees High School in the first round of the Central, Group 2 NJSIAA Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
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