Guild smashes Pickford girls’ basketball career scoring record

PICKFORD — There’s a new all-time leading scorer at Purple Palace.

Kennedy Guild moved to the top of the list as Pickford women’s basketball all-time leading scorer on Wednesday night.

Guild took two steps in the same game in the Panthers’ 70-20 win over Newberry in an UP Eastern Conference game.

A senior guard, Guild scored 19 points to top 1,000 for his career. His new total of 1,012 also broke Beth Fountain’s record of 1,001 career goals for Panther, set in 1998.

“It’s rewarding and special,” Guild said. “I put in a lot of work and overtime. It’s pretty cool that I’m only the second girl in Pickford to score 1,000.

“I’ve been playing basketball with Lizzie Storey, Lucy Bennin and Maddie Thurmes since fourth grade. The chemistry with them and everyone else on our team is so good and makes the game so fun. »

The Panthers took an early lead against the Indians and Guild scored their seventh point of the game to reach 1,000 with a 3-pointer at 4:15 of the first quarter. The match was halted momentarily when Pickford manager Christy Thurmes presented Guild with a commemorative basketball and trophy.

“I was a little nervous at the start of the game,” Guild said. “I didn’t want to choke and not get those seven points to get to 1,000. Luckily that happened in the first quarter and then the pressure let off.

“I think we got off to a good start as a team, but we all missed a lot of easy and open shots tonight. We’re a bit rusty, with the canceled games we’ve had. We need to play more consistently and hopefully we will be successful in the tournament. I really hope that no other matches will be cancelled.

Pickford then led 31-4 at the end of the first quarter and 41-8 at halftime against an overmatched Newberry side. Guild (13 points), Thurmes (8) and Bennin (6) combined for 27 points in the first quarter alone, and the Panthers went deep on their bench starting in the second quarter and for the rest of the game.

“She’s (Guild) an exceptional athlete and she’s been a starter since her freshman year,” Pickford coach Christy Thurmes said. “She probably would have reached 1,000 points last year as a junior if our team hadn’t missed games due to COVID. But it still worked perfectly for her to hit 1,000 tonight here on our home court.

The No. 4-ranked UP Panthers went undefeated, improving to 5-0 on aggregate and 3-0 EUPC. Lucy Bennin scored 14 points, Madison Thurmes added 13 points, while Lizzie Storey and Morgan Fox added six points each to the Panthers’ balanced score.

“We’re starting to play a few games and we’re getting into the rhythm more,” coach Thurmes said. “The girls are getting back on track and hopefully we can keep the momentum going. Like most teams, just playing more games consistently is going to help.

Ameila Shanley scored nine points to lead Newberry (0-6 overall, 0-3 EUPC).

Pickford and Newberry have had their next games cancelled. Pickford was scheduled to host Cedarville-DeTour on Friday, but that match is postponed.

Newberry 4 4 7 5 — 20

Pickford 31 10 19 10 — 70

Newberry— Suriano 3, Shanley 9, Whalen 1, A. Depew 5, S. Johnson 2. FT: 2-6; fa: 6; 3-point field goals: 2 (Suriano 1, Depew 1).

Pickford— Thurmes 13, Bennin 14, Cottle 2, Floor 6, Fox 6, Wiltfong 1, Crimin 2, Guild 19, Prucha 3, Potoczak 4. FT: 4-6; fa: 9; 3-point Field Goals: 6 (Guild 3, Thurmes 1, Prucha 1).

Contact sportswriter Rob Roos at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter, @rroosTEN.

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