DERRY — Brooke Kane was pretty confused when the buzzer randomly went off after she drained a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
“I had no idea what was going on,” laughed Kane, Pinkerton’s 6-foot forward.
An overjoyed Lani Buskey walked onto the court to give her star senior a hug, and that’s when it finally sunk in for Kane that she had just scored her 1,000th career point. She needed every bit of her season-high 28-point performance Friday night to reach the milestone, as that 3-pointer was her final bucket.
Kane, who will be playing at UNH next year, provided some joy for Pinkerton after falling to three-time defending Division 1 state champion Bishop Guertin, 59-46.
“It takes an incredible player,” said Buskey, now in her sixth season coaching the Astros. “And the beauty of Brooke is that, while she’s immensely talented, her work ethic matches it. So it’s really an honor to see her get this recognition because she deserves it.”
If you asked Kane four years ago, 1,000 points was a milestone she’d never reach.
“I never would have imagined this,” said Kane. “I’m really happy. It’s a big milestone and it was definitely a long time coming. I’m just really thankful for everyone who has helped me get here.”
It was another landmark for Kane, who is a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star (2018 Super-Teamer) and was the New Hampshire D1 MVP last year. She became the program’s fifth 1,000-point scorer, joining Kris Kenney, Christina Siragusa, Jenny McDade and A.J. Guidi.
Kenney (Class of ‘85) scored 2,231 career points at UNH, and as of 2015 is still the university’s all-time leading women’s scorer.
Cardinals make statement
Many considered Friday night to be a battle between the top two teams in New Hampshire Division 1.
What we learned is that it doesn’t look like Bishop Guertin has an equal.
The three-time defending state champion Cardinals cruised to a 59-46 win, throttling Pinkerton like they have every other team with a hounding press, athleticism and shooters galore. It was a 48-27 game after three quarters before a late rally by Pinkerton (9-3, 8-1 NH) made the final score look more presentable.
Although, the Astros did give Guertin its closest game in the state by far. The Cardinals (8-0) had won their previous seven NH games by an average of 40.7 points, with their closest margin of victory before Friday night being 32 points.
“Our fear and our hesitation cost us in the first half,” said Buskey. “But once I said to them that there’s literally nothing to lose right now, that’s when they went out there and really played well.”
Kane (28 points) and Madison Mahoney (15 points) combined for all but three of Pinkerton’s points. In contrast, the Cardinals had six of their 10 players scored at least 6 points.
So it will take a Herculean effort to dethrone the champs, and the rest of the state has a little more than a month to figure out how to even pose a challenge.
“It will take every single girl,” said Buskey. “It’ll take your No. 1 player all the way to your No. 12 player.”
Bishop Guertin 59, Pinkerton 46
Bishop Guertin (59): Hannah Muchemore 4 5-6 15, Ava Owens 3 3-6 9, Erin Carney 4 0-0 8, Aaliyah Forman 3 0-0 6, Brianna Wilcox 1 4-4 6, Addison Smith 5 0-0 11, Aria O’Connell 0 1-2 1, Charlotte Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Brenna Paquette 1 0-0 3, Gabrielle Sousa 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-18 59
Pinkerton (46): Brooke Kane 11 4-9 28, Madison Mahoney 3 9-10 15, Sofia Riccio 0 0-0 0, Alyssa DiMauro 0 0-0 0, Jesse Ames 0 1-2 1, Megan King 0 0-0 0, Avah Ingalls 0 1-2 1, Allison Ingalls 0 1-2 1, Samantha Franks 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 16-25 46
3-pointers: BG — Muchemore 2, Smith, Paquette; P — Kane 2
Bishop Guertin (8-0 NH): 13 15 20 11 — 59
Pinkerton (9-3, 8-1 NH): 7 8 12 19 — 46