BLUE HILL—With 2:50 left in the third quarter at home against Narraguagus on December 15, George Stevens Academy senior Morgan Dauk joined the likes of Annie Allen, Lora Trenkle, Nikki Allen and Madeline Park to become the newest member of the school’s 1,000-point club.
“I was so nervous I could barely think [before the game],” said Dauk after the game. “I knew how many points I needed, but I wasn’t keeping track. Every time I would shoot I would just say please go in.”
Dauk started the season off with 940 career points, and going into the Narraguagus game, the third game of the season, needed just 15 points to check off becoming the school’s most recent 1,000-point scorer from her high school basketball career list. Her average points per game, through the first two games of the season, was 22.5.
Dauk said she made it a point not to count down while playing through the first quarters.
Her nerves might have gotten the best of her in the first quarter, as she scored just five points before rallying for eight points in the second, leaving herself two points shy heading into halftime. The Narraguagus defense was vigilant in keeping Dauk scoreless through most of the third quarter, but Dauk wrestled her way into position for an offensive rebound and put back to notch her 1,000th career point. The game was stopped and head coach Bill Case and athletic director Larry Gray presented Dauk with flowers and a game ball in front of a standing ovation from the home crowd. Dauk’s family was also there during the presentation, something she said was equally as important.
“Having my family there was the best part,” she said. “They’ve always been there supporting me so that meant more than anything.”
Dauk said she was a little antsy during the first quarter, but her coach was there to help her settle through the nerves and get back to her normal style of play.
“He just told me to play my game,” she said. “He’s been coaching me for a long time so he’s helped me a lot too.”
Dauk finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with 16 rebounds to record the double-double.