Mike Lewis used to coach Cohasset’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team. That was when he first noticed a point guard he would soon have on his team.
Kelly Martin, Scituate's now senior point guard, played that day against Cohasset, and Lewis hasn’t forgotten Martin’s work ethic.
“The thing that stood out is how active and tough she is as a defender,” said Lewis. “She’s a real hard-nose player.”
Lewis also recalled Martin’s ability to transition from defense to offense quickly two years ago.
Now instead of coaching against Martin, Lewis is in his first season as the Scituate's’ (5-0) basketball coach. He was able to coach Martin as she crossed 1,000 points against Quincy on Friday night.
“All of her teammates knew,” Lewis said. “There was a great atmosphere, and everyone was really pulling for her.”
Martin needed 21 points to crack 1,000 at Quincy. With 20 points already on the night, the 5-foot-9 point guard stepped to the free throw line in the third quarter stuck at 999 career points.
Then she sank her first free throw.
“For an away game, there were a lot of people from Scituate and they knew she was 21 points away,” Lewis said. “It’s a nice milestone to be a part of.”
Lewis noted that after a break in the action once she scored her 1,000th point and the first free throw, Martin went back out and sank her second. She finished with 22 points on the night.
As a first-year varsity coach, Lewis has been extremely impressed with Martin, who will attend Stonehill College (Easton, Mass.) on a full scholarship next fall to play basketball.
“She’s a court leader. Sometimes it’s like having a second coach on the court,” Lewis said.
“She gives 100 percent in practice every single day. I think that’s one of her best characteristics.”
Martin isn’t just a scorer, though.
“She has great leadership skills,” said Lewis. “The kids respect and look up to her. They feed off her energy.”
Lewis said he doesn’t look into the future too much, but he’s happy with how the team’s playing.
“We’re playing very good defense right now,” he said. “We’re playing very good basketball.”
And the Sailors’ coach knows that the unblemished record is, in part, a tribute to Martin’s hard work.
“It’s a luxury to have her.”
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