Close loss mutes Fuller milestone

T he Granville Golden Horde girls basketball team scrapped and clawed but could not quite bring down Greenwich Friday night, losing its final Wasaren League game of the season, 44-38, as teammate Emily Fuller reached a scoring milestone.

Fuller dropped in 18 points, including five three-pointers, as the Horde nearly pulled the upset on Greenwich on senior night. Fuller finished the night with 1,011 points with her senior year yet to come.

After the game Fuller said she had to go ask where she finished for the night. “I stopped counting at seven,” she said.

Fuller is the first female basketball player at Granville and one of only three in school history to reach to 1,000 point plateau; she has played on the varsity since eighth grade. Play was stopped in the second quarter when Fuller split the defense and charged for an easy layup after stopping at 999 points for several minutes. Players from both sides congratulated Fuller before play resumed.

Hunter Bassett scored seven points and Darian Chapman added six points. Granville ends the season 4-10 in the league, but Head Coach Lance Jordan said he was pleased with the effort he saw from a team that was down early on the road.

“It’s awesome because they’re tied for second in the league but we were right there; if we had knocked down one more jump shot … we were in that ball game,” Jordan said. 

“We were five for twenty in the first half and I think Emily made four of the five. If we have a couple of girls step up and knock down a few shots I think we come out of that game (with the win),” he said.

With 35 points to go to reach the coveted career milestone, Fuller took most of the tension out of the waiting with a 28-point performance at home against Hoosick Falls in a 55-48 loss on Feb. 8. Fuller knocked down three more three-pointers and was a perfect nine-for-nine from the stripe with 28 points that kept Granville tight on the heels of its league foe.

Fuller led all scorers on the night, but Frankie Pearson and Nicole Marmillo scored in double digits for the Panthers. Meghan O’Brien scored seven points and Lauren Nelson had five points. Missed free throws made the difference for Granville as Fuller sunk the majority of the Horde’s foul shots.

On Monday, Feb. 7, Fuller put a major dent in the margin between herself and the scoring milestone as she scored six three-pointers as a part of a season high 30-point night in a 51-46 Horde loss to the Cambridge Indians.

Cambridge led by a single point coming out of the first quarter and broke open its lead, outscoring Granville by 15 points heading into the half.

Hunter Bassett scored nine points in the game. The Horde outscored the Indians in both quarters of the second half but could not close the gap to force overtime. Fuller’s six three-pointers were more than the total posted by the Cambridge team. Granville fell to 6-9 overall and 4-8 in the league with the five-point loss.

Hoosick Falls                          7 16 17 15 – 55

Granville                                 9 10 10 18 – 48

Granville                               12 5 18 11 – 46

Cambridge                            13 20 11 7 – 51

Granville                                         6 12 10 10 – 38

Greenwich                                     14 14 11 6 – 44

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