RANGELEY — Rangeley senior Blayke Morin said she hoped to reach the 1,000 point milestone this season after watching teammate Taylor Esty accomplish the feat last year.

“It was definitely a goal but I had no idea how close I was,” said Morin. “I wanted it to happen but wasn’t sure if I were close enough.”

Morin, it turns out, was plenty close enough, and she eclipsed the mark with a buzzer-beating shot before halftime of a 59-24 win over Buckfield.

“I took a shot by the foul line, extended and it went off the back rim and came right back to me,” Morin said. “I grabbed my own rebound and banked it in.”

The basket put her over 1,000 in her career. Morin, who became the seventh player in Rangeley girls basketball program history to reach the milestone, finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and six assists.

Rangeley coach Heidi Deery said she hoped Morin would reach the 1,000 point barrier Friday because Rangeley (11-1) would play its next four games on the road.

“I was like, ‘please let it happen tonight,” Deery said. “It’s always nice to get it at home.”

After the basket, the team held a small celebration.

“We had planned to stop the game but because it was halftime it was stopped anyway,” Deery said. “We had a celebration and presented her with flowers and gave her a game ball.”

Added Morin: “When I made the shot, everyone got really excited like we had won Western Maine. Heidi came over and said I had just scored my 1,000th career point. I didn’t think I was that close. I started crying because it was the biggest surprise ever. I think having it be a surprise is way better than knowing.”

Sydney Royce scored 12 points and had six steals while Tasha Haley had six points, nine rebounds and seven steals for Rangeley.

Buckfield dropped to 4-9.


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