Just two weeks after St. Mary’s senior guard Jennie Mucciarone notched the 1,000th point of her high school career, teammate Brianna Rudolph reached the same milestone on Sunday in the first game of the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational at Wentworth’s Tansey Gym.
“I think it’s a fantastic individual achievement,” Spartans coach Jeff Newhall said. “She basically did it in two and a half seasons because her sophomore year she was out for most of the year and Jennie did it two weeks ago, so to have two people who can score like that on the same team — and to have [senior guard] Sharell [Sanders] in the mix as well — you know it provides three good guards that most high school teams don’t have, so we’re fortunate.”
Rudolph’s milestone bucket helped St. Mary’s top New Mission, 63-51. The senior guard said she was not aware that she was close to reaching 1,000 points.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I was very shocked.”
St. Mary’s held a 37-24 advantage at halftime and continued to dominate in the second half. Rudolph scored her 1,000th point with 4.8 seconds remaining in the third to put St. Mary’s up, 53-36.
The Spartans closed out the victory in the fourth quarter, thanks to seven points from Sanders, who finished the game with 13.
Rudolph led all scorers with 23 points. Mucciarone added 16.
“I’m excited,” Rudolph said. “I’m proud of myself and happy we won, ultimately.”
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