KERRY FLA­HERTY IS A MIL­LEN­NIAL GIRL

Blue Streak se­nior hits 1,000-ca­reer point mark

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stan Hudy [email protected]­gian.com @StanHudy on Twit­ter

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> It was four full sea­sons and a one com­plete game be­fore the weight of the world was lifted off Saratoga Springs se­nior Kerry Fla­herty’s shoul­ders reach­ing the 1,000-point ca­reer scor­ing mark Tues­day night in front of a packed house of Blue Streak friends, fans and of course, fam­ily.

The pro­lific Holy Cross­bound scorer earned her fi­nal triple-digit points all from the free throw line in the first quar­ter Tues­day night, be­fore sink­ing a pair of of­fer­ings and be­grudg­ingly be­com­ing the cen­ter of at­ten­tion af­ter an im­me­di­ate time out to rec­og­nize her ac­com­plish­ment.

“It was re­ally fun, kind of re­liev­ing to get it over with so early in the sea­son so I can just fo­cus on win­ning,” Kerry Fla­herty said. “I have been the en­tire time, just to get that out of ev­ery­one else’s head.”

The mil­len­nial mark came as part of Saratoga’s 58-45 win against Colonie Tues­day night with the Fla­herty fin­ish­ing with 13 points, the Blue Streaks led by ju­nior Dolly Cairns 18 and her night made spe­cial by her un­selfish play be­fore and af­ter the mile­stone.

Just five points away from the ca­reer mile­stone, Fla-

wasn’t in a hurry to put the ball in the air from out­side the arc, in­stead she be­gan the night with three straight as­sists as Saratoga built on an early 12-6 lead.

“I try not to make it about my­self so I was just try­ing to get the best shot for ev­ery­one, so I got a few as­sists to get go­ing to get the mo­men­tum go­ing and then I just got a few foul shots to get it,” Fla­herty said.

Then she looked to drive to the bas­ket, un­de­terred by the size or speed of the Gar­net Raiders de­fense, she was sent to the line on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, sink­ing free throw af­ter free throw, al­low­ing The Storm stu­dent sec­tion am­ple time to re­move the ‘Count­down to Kerry Fla­herty’s 1,0000 points’ re­main­ing points one by one.

On her third trip, two straight buck­ets put her at the 1,000-point mile­stone.

“It was nice that it was open, so it worked out well,” Fla­herty said in front of the me­dia af­ter the win.

A time­out was called to rec­og­nize Fla­herty’s ac­com­plish­ment as she walked to­wards her bench, was swarmed by her team­mates in cel­e­bra­tion and then she was brought to cen­ter court and pre­sented with a com­mem­o­ra­tive bas­ket­ball be­fore she had her most mem­o­rable as­sist on the night – toss­ing the ball to her mother, Mary, in the stands.

“I told her be­fore the game, take a minute or two to re­ally en­joy the mo­ment,” Saratoga Springs Coach Robin Chudy said. “She was a lit­tle em­bar­rassed. “I said ‘Look around be­cause it is truly an in­cred­i­ble ac­com­plish­ment for her.’

“Her team was so sup­port­ive, so happy. The girls all came out to make signs and they just wanted to cel­e­brate all her hard work. She’s been with us since she was in eighth-grade, so it’s re­ally just such an honor to have her on our team and to coach her and see her make this truly awe­some.”

There was a sec­ond as­sist on her tro­phy case me­mento; it was hugged for the re­main­der of the con­test by her fa­ther Rich, hold­ing it as tightly as he has his chil­dren through the years.

“She gave it to her mother and her mother gave it to me, that was the best as­sist,” Rich Fla­herty said. “Now we can win sec­tion­als, get­ting this out of the way.

“I’ve been coach­ing both Dolly and Kerry since thir­dand fourth-grade, so it’s fun. They love play­ing, they love each other. The whole crew is great fun and it’s great, we love it.”

It was only fit­ting that it was an­other mem­o­rable pass by Fla­herty to fin­ish off her cel­e­bra­tion.

“That’s Kerry,” Chudy said. “While she can score like no one, she is an in­cred­i­ble passer.

“She has so much en­ergy de­fen­sively, she dis­rupts plays and then she runs, runs, runs. Yes, she’s a scorer for us, but she’s so much more. She does pretty much ev­ery­thing on that court, which is awe­some.”

The Blue Streak se­nior knew once again how to find the open man.

“My dad taught me how to shoot, taught me how to play bas­ket­ball, my older brother too, Fla­herty said. “They just like tak­ing all the credit as I am.”

Her shoot­ing touch ar­rived im­me­di­ately af­ter, sink­ing two straight three­p­oint­ers in a 14-4 sec­ond quar­ter for Saratoga Springs as the Blue Streaks cruised to their sec­ond-straight Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil win.

“We were go­ing into the sea­son think­ing we have Shen and Colonie, both very, very good teams,” Chudy said. “Shen, ob­vi­ously very tal­ented and Colonie too and they’re strong and fierce and de­ter­mined. We were in prac­tice work­ing on be­ing phys­i­cal and mak­ing sure we step up.

“Some of our posts helped with our guards be­cause they have some re­ally quick guards and they re­ally stepped up. Those first two quar­ters were awe­some, they played great de­fense, I was so proud of them.”

Colonie was led by Sereena DiCerbo’s 16 points with Allyah Wright adding 10 and Alivia Pae­glow drop­ping in nine.

Saratoga will be on the road Fri­day, Dec. 7 at Shaker High be­fore host­ing Sec­tion 3’s Fayetteville-Man­lius at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the High School gym. SARATOGA 58, COLONIE 45 COLONIE: Allyah Wright 4-3-10, Kyara Tri­blet 0-33, Makayla Blake 1-3-5, Sereena DiCerbo 6-5-16, Alivia Pae­glow 4-1-9, Ma­cie Tri­marchi 1-0-2. To­tals: 16-15-45. SARATOGA: Dolly Cairns 7-4-18, Abby Ray 1-0-2, Kerry Fla­herty 5-5-13, Eve Cros­sett 2-0-6, Natasha Chudy 2-1-5, Caro­line LaFoun­tain 1-2-4, Aleida Woldring 2-0-4, Kayla La­hart 3-0-6. To­tals: 2512-58. Colonie 6 2 7 15 – 45 Saratoga 12 14 12 8 – 58 3-point goals: Colonie – Wright, DiCerbo. Saratoga – Fla­herty 2, Cros­sett 2.

STAN HUDY [email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM @STANHUDY ON TWIT­TER

Saratoga Springs se­nior Kerry Fla­herty stands at cen­ter court with her Coach Robin Chudy and ath­letic di­rec­tor Pe­ter Shee­han, hon­ored im­me­di­ately af­ter scor­ing her 1,000th ca­reer point Tues­day night.

STAN HUDY [email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM @STANHUDY ON TWIT­TER

It was driv­ing lay-ups that led Kerry Fla­herty to the 1,000-point mark, along with sink­ing sub­se­quent fouls shota af­ter be­ing fouled by play­ers like Colonie’s Kyara Tri­blet Tues­day night.

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