Michelle Fenelon, Globe Correspondent
When Michaela Adams walked into the gym of Blue Hills Regional Technical School her freshman year, the first thing that caught her eye was the banner hanging on the wall with the names of the school's 1,000-point scorers in girls’ basketball.
But one name stood out: Jen Murray, the leading scorer in school history with 1,323 points, set in 2001.
“The first day when I came in here as a freshman, at open house, I looked at the banner and said, ‘I want to be up there,' ” Adams said.
The senior guard entered Monday's home game against Upper Cape just 25 points from surpassing Murray.
But she didn’t know that. In fact, no one knew except coach Tom McGrath.
Early in the fourth quarter, McGrath reluctantly decided to inform Adams that she was just 2 points from surpassing Murray.
“I said to Margarita [Delaporta], 'Feed the ball to Michaela,l ” McGrath said. “I didn’t want to do it, but I felt she should know.”
Adams broke the record on a transition layup in the fourth quarter. At the 6:10 mark, after Adams scored off an assist from Delaporta, she was recognized by the public address announcer as the all-time leading scorer.
Adams finished with 27 points to lead the undefeated Warriors to a 63-40 win in a Mayflower Athletic Conference game.
“It was quite fitting that Margarita was the one that got the assist because they all came in together. [Margarita], Sinead [Dacko], and Michaela have been a threesome for the last four years,” McGrath said.
“I have 11 players on this team, I need all 11 of them. We talked about that after the game, how everybody has to be all in and they’re so unselfish. If it wasn’t for any of the other players, [Adams] wouldn’t be where she is and she knows that.”
The pass from Delaporta was just one of many moments Adams and Delaporta have shared throughout their four years together.
“Once we came into the school, first day of tryouts, we just bonded right away. We knew that we wanted to have our four years here to be a blast, so it was very special to have [Margarita] pass me the ball,” Adams said.
After a slow start, the Warriors were in control the rest of the way. Blue Hills (11-0) opened the second quarter with 6 straight points by Adams before Rams guard Crystle Dibona scored a driving layup with 5:40 remaining in the half.
“They were a little sloppy, but we talked about it and we got ourselves going,” McGrath said.
Blue Hills responded to Dibona’s score with an 11-0 run, limiting the Rams (11-1) to no field goals until 1:38 remained in the second quarter. The Warriors’ strong second quarter led them to a 34-15 halftime lead.
Although McGrath was proud of his team's effort, he knows they still need to improve.
“We’re still a work in progress. We have eight players. I still have my three girls, but they’re trying to work everybody in. This is probably the best that the other players have played, so I’m very proud of them,” McGrath said.
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