NEWTON -- Newton junior forward Maddie Gore reached the 1,000-point milestone off an inbounds play to open the second half during Tuesday night’s 52-38 win over Columbia at Newton High School.
Gore entered the game needing 21 points to eclipse the mark and tallied 19 points in the opening two quarters. To open the second, she took a handoff from Amy Fehr, took two dribbles in the middle of the paint and spun to the left for the historic layup.
“She scored in all sorts of ways tonight -- twos, 3s and foul shots, facing the basket and with her back to the basket,” Newton head coach Whitney Dugan said in an email. “Quite impressive to reach this milestone given the talented team she was a part of last few years, and she is only a junior!”
Gore finished with 25 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
She is the 13th Lady Braves player to reach 1,000 points and first since former teammate Kaitlyn Lynch reached the mark in the first round of the sectional tournament last February.
The win helped Newton improve to 17-8 on the season.
Gore accounted for nearly half of the Braves’ points in the victory. Jessie Brannick and Olivia Buckley each chipped in eight points in support for Newton.
Newton 52, Columbia 38
Columbia: Shana Desir 16, Allie Harris 8, Kaijhe Hall 6, Maia Little 4, Corteney Provilon-Louis 2, Leah Connell 2
Newton: Maddie Gore 25, Jessie Brannick 8, Olivia Buckley 8, Amy Fehr 7, Caroline Fox 2, Taylor Squiers 2
Records: Columbia 12-11, Newton 17-8