There was no stopping the game for this milestone.
Liz Millea’s latest was a quiet achievement. Millea, the Cooperstown junior guard, broke the CCS record for most points in a girls basketball season, passing Dana Leonard on Feb. 17 in Red Bursey Gymnasium.
Cooperstown won the first-round playoff game, 49-31, over Cato-Meridan. It wasn’t until after the game that Millea’s coaches told her about her accomplishment.
“I think it was better to do it that way,” Millea said. “That way I wasn’t rushing or focused on trying to get anything too quickly. We could just focus on the game.”
Millea had 441 points this season going into the game. Leonard scored 443 points in 2005-2006. After 17 points against C-M and 14 in a home win over Tully on Feb. 19, Millea had 472 points.
She has 1,107 total varsity points putting Samantha Fox’s CCS career record of 1,367 is within reach, perhaps by Christmas.
It has been a year of milestones for Millea. In addition to passing Leonard, and going over 1,000 points, which she did on Jan. 31 at home against Poland, MIllea set two CCS records on Jan. 12 at home against Frankfort-Schuyler: she scored 46 points and made eight three-point shots, breaking records for single-game points and three-point baskets that had stood for decades.
The records and the milestones haven’t gotten to be routine, Millea said.
“Last year was not a big year for us in terms of going to the section finals or me getting a lot of milestones,” she said. “So this year, to have all of this happen, it is a new feeling for me. It is almost surreal. It isn’t something I have gotten used to, it is something I smile about, feeling it every day.”
Cooperstown, the No. 2 seed in the Section Three Class C tournament, will play No. 6 Pulaski at 6 p.m. on Friday at Onondaga Community College.
The two teams have not met in recent years. Millea said she thinks playing unfamiliar opponents has been good.
“We haven’t played anyone this year that we’ve seen before,” she said. “It is great. We’ve been able to just go out there and play.”