HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. — Gen Schoff added her name to the 1,000-point honor roll in Little Falls and the Mounties added another win to their unblemished record Saturday at Holland Patent.
Schoff, a senior and fourth-year varsity starter, needed just more than two minutes to score the six points she needed to reach the millennium mark in the Mounties’ 52-42 win. She would eventually put up 15 points — giving her 1,009 — as she joined her older sister Anne, former teammate Jenna Becker and Michele Crimmins on the girls’ 1,000-point list at the school.
Hannah Becker added a pair of basket as she and Schoff combined to score the first 10 points of the game. Schoff had a layup for her first basket then hit a jumper from the right corner. She was fouled on a drive to the basket with 5:51 on the clock in the first quarter and hit a pair of free throws for points Nos. 999 and 1,000.
“I was definitely excited to get it over with,” said Schoff, twice an all-state selection and a starter on Little Falls’ 2012 Section III championship and state semifinal squad. “Then we could focus on what we came to do, to win a basketball game.”
Winning continues to be the main goal for Schoff and her veteran teammates.
“It’s good that we can just focus on our team goals now,” she said, “going as far as we can, as far as we did my sophomore year ... maybe further.”
Becker had seven points in the first four minutes of the game before checking out with a leg injury. She did not return to action.
The Mounties (10-0) held leads of 13-2 and 18-7 in the first quarter and never trailed. Holland Patent (4-5) trailed 34-11 at halftime after scoring a single point on a Riley Reinold free throw in the second quarter. The Golden Knights started the second half with a 10-2 run and closed the gap to four points in the final minute with an 18-3 fourth-quarter run before Little Falls hit six consecutive free throws — four by Kelli Shepardson and two by Schoff — at the end of the game.
Schoff had nine rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists to go with her points.
In addition to the Mountie girls’ 1,000-point list, Schoff joins her family’s growing 1,000-point club. Anne is Little Falls’ leading scorer among girls, a cousin, Phil Jr., is the top-scoring Mountie boy, and Gen’s father Ted is the career scoring leader at the former St. Johnsville High School. St. Johnsville’s 1,000-point club also includes cousins Richie, Lisa, Wendi and Caryn Schoff; Caryn, who followed her father Phil Sr. to Syracuse University, is New York’s all-time leading high school scorer for girls or boys.
“I’ve grown up with a basketball atmosphere with my cousins and my sister and watching Jenna,” Gen Schoff said. “Watching so many people in my family succeed with the sport, it makes me proud to be part of it.”
Page 2 of 2 - Amy Hart added 15 points for the Mounties and Shepardson scored 11. Cheyenne Rivenburg grabbed 12 rebounds.
Kierston Backus and Alyssa Curtis led Holland Patent with 12 points each.
The Mounties’ next game is Tuesday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. Holland Patent plays in Herkimer Monday.
LITTLE FALLS 52, HOLLAND PATENT 42
LITTLE FALLS (10-0) — Kelli Shepardson 2 7-8 11; Hannah Becker 3 0-0 7; Gen Schoff 5 5-6 15; Cheyenne Rivenburg 0 1-2 1; Laura Wind 2 0-1 5; Amy Hart 5 2-2 13. Totals: 17 15-19 52
HOLLAND PATENT (4-5) — Riley Reinold 2 1-2 5; Jessica Livesey 1 2-2 5; Ally Livesey 3 1-2 7; Bailey Harris 0 1-2 1; Kierston Backus 6 0-2 12; Alyssa Curtis 5 0-0 12. Totals: 17 5-10 42.
Holland Patent 10 1 11 20 — 42
Little Falls 18 16 5 13 — 52
Three-pointers — Little Falls 3 (Becker 1, Hart 1, Wind 1); Holland Patent 3 (Curtis 2, J.Livesey 1). JV — Holland Patent won.