By Tom Usher – email@example.com
LIMA — Lima Central Catholic’s Madison Stolly couldn’t have picked a better time to break the record.
For one, she was home.
And, it came in a victory.
Stolly tossed in 28 points and set the LCC girls basketball career-scoring record in a 62-50 victory over Shawnee on Saturday at Herr Gymnasium.
Stolly, who came in needing 27 to break the record, stands at 1,209 career points. The 5-foot-8 junior broke the career-scoring mark of Jill Downing, who had 1,207 points.
“The win was 10 times better than the record,” Stolly said.
For the day, Stolly hit 8 of 14 from the field and 10 of 12 at the foul line. She also had 10 rebounds.
She broke the record, with her 27th point, on the first of two foul shots with 5:16 to play in the game. After she made both free throws, LCC had a 49-43 lead.
The game was momentarily stopped and she was quickly presented with a ball while the fans gave her an ovation.
“It was relief,” Stolly said. “But I just wanted to win. I was happy I got the ball and happy to get the record, but I couldn’t celebrate too much. We had to win the game.”
Added LCC coach Katie Krieg, “I was happy she did it at home, and especially happy we won. We’re very proud of her and she’s worked for it and earned it.”
LCC stands 6-13. Shawnee, which starts two freshmen and one sophomore, is 3-13.
Samantha Koenig had 12 points for LCC. Natalie Snider had nine points and eight rebounds. Freshman Josie Mohler came off the bench for eight points, two rebounds and three steals.
Shawnee was led by sophomore Alissa Stahler had 14 points, while freshman Kerri Roberson scored 12.
Stolly had 14 points at the half, including nine in the second quarter.
With the game tied at 20 midway through the second, LCC went on a 9-0 run to close the first half with a 29-20 lead. During that key run, Mohler had two driving layups.
“We really focused on playing with a sense of urgency today and we did a really good job of that in the second and the fourth quarter,” Krieg said. … “Josie (Mohler) came in and gave us great minutes. She’s got some confidence and is going in there and making plays on defense and able to finish on offense.”
Shawnee rallied back in the third quarter with a 15-6 run after a change from a zone press to a man-to-man defense. The Indians, behind Roberson, freshman Grace O’Connor and Stahler, tied the game at 35. That came with 1:27 left in the third.
Koenig’s layup off an inbounds play gave LCC the lead to stay, 37-35, with 56 seconds left in the third. Stolly then scored the team’s next four points and the T-Birds led 41-37 after three quarters.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Stolly flew to the basket and scooped up an off-balance putback. And when the ball went through the net, she was flat on her back.
“She has a total instinct to put the ball in the hoop,” Krieg said.
After Stolly’s record-breaking free throws gave LCC a six-point lead, 49-43, the Indians weren’t able to get any closer in the final five minutes.
LCC won the boards, 32-28. LCC had 16 turnovers, while Shawnee had 20. LCC shot 48 percent from the field and was 3 of 11 on 3-pointers. Shawnee shot 43 percent from the field and was 3 of 12 on threes.
Stolly proudly left Herr Gymnasium with the game ball tucked under her right arm.
“It’s a great experience and an honor to be able to do it,” Stolly said. “It feels great.”