Christy Brennan had many memorable games during her four-year college career in Hopatcong High School’s women’s basketball program, but she started getting attention on this court several years earlier.
Her sister, Kelcey Russo, who played Hopatcong until 2011, can still see Christy watching her big sister’s college games, dreaming of one day performing on the big stage.
“She used to stand on the sidelines, dribbling her little basketball,” said Kelcey, now an assistant coach at the university. “At halftime in college games my senior year, she was out there doing layups all over the field. She was 8 years old, but she was something special. She loved the game. She was so funny.
Opponents have not relished watching her over the past four seasons as Christy became a senior point guard who last weekend surpassed the 2,000 point mark for her college career.
Brennan scored 41 points in the team’s 79-74 overtime loss to South Hunterdon last Saturday to reach the milestone, making her the third player, boy or girl, in school history to reach the high plateau.
She joined school scoring leader Matt Tobin and his father Dennis, who held the school scoring record until it was surpassed by his son.
It’s been a bittersweet week for Brennan, who scored 24 more points on Tuesday. That gave him 2,039 for his career, but that total won’t change as the most recent game was also his last, a 48-40 loss to Waldwick in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 1 playoffs. .
Brennan also broke the school’s all-girls career goalscoring record this season, surpassing the standard of 1,688 set by Hopatcong University head coach Jamie Douglas.
Brennan said the grades and milestones have helped push her through her career.
“It all means a lot,” she said. “I don’t know where I would be if this never happened. Looking for the records and everything kind of shaped you to be a better player.
She plans to continue her career in college, although she has not decided where she will go. For now, she will just take a moment to enjoy the experiences of her high school career.
“My team, my family, my AAU coaches. Every coach I’ve had,” Brennan said. “They all pushed me to do my best and supported me through it all.”
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