Corinth—- With 2:44 left in the first half of Monday afternoon’s girls basketball game against Sumner, Central’s Hannah Pray made a foul shot to earn her 1,000th point when the Red Devils beat the Tigers, 65-23.
Pray made a layup and got fouled by Jessica West. When Pray went to the line she knew she needed only one point to reach the milestone. Pray only needed 11 points coming into the game, that did not change her game. Pray finished with nine steals, six assists and four rebounds.
“I knew it was the 1,000. I was a little nervous,” Pray said. “Just like against Orono, it was the team first and I knew everything else would fall into place.”
Pray is the third Central girls basketball player to reach the 1000 point milestone. The other two are Paula Whitney (1975) and Jenny Rollins (2004). Pray is always putting the team first. That makes her easy to coach. Pray played her freshman year at Bangor Christian. She has been with Coach Diane Rollins at Central since that time.
“Hannah is a great kid to coach,”Rollins said. “She tries hard to do whatever is asked. This year in particular, she has totally put the team first. She knew today she wanted to score her 1,000 point, she was passing to everybody else. She was doing the things that a good leader does. She has been a great asset to our program, when she came back as a sophomore. She is a good kid.”
Roberta Trafton helped the Red Devils get through a sluggish first quarter. She put in four points and grabbed five rebounds in the first eight minutes of play. Central only led 13-9 after the first quarter.Pray scored 10 points in the second quarter to spark the Red Devils, they outscored Sumner 28-1 in the quarter. Central forced 24 turnovers in the first half to jump out to a 41-10 halftime lead. Trafton has come up big for the Red Devils, especially since starting point guard, Max McHugh went down with an injury. McHugh broke her leg in a game against Foxcroft last week.
“Roberta has been very smart since we lost Max,” Pray said. “She hustles all the time. She is always on the floor for loose balls. I think we have grown a lot with the loss of Max. That put us back a little bit. We are doing this for her. She works her butt off.”
“We are trying to adjust. We are still working on adjusting,” Rollins said. “Max is a big loss, we are trying to get things together. Roberta Trafton has stepped up big in a defensive role. The kids are adjusting, they realize they need to step up even more than they have been.”
Trafton finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Bekah Campbell put in14 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Sam Brownell chipped in with nine points.
The night belonged to Pray. She attributes her success to working on her overall game during the off-season.
“When I was a freshman, I came out a little nervous. I was a starter at Bangor Christian,” Pray said. “I just worked on my overall game. I got more confident. I play a lot of off-season basketball. I got a lot stronger.”
Central (11-0) will now have 10 days off before they play a game. They next play on January 27th at PVHS.
Freshman Genesis DiCarlo led Sumner (1-8) with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sumner will next play on Wednesday at Deer Isle-Stonington.