Blue Hill—Sometimes the basketball just can’t seem to find the inside of the net. Other times, a player feels like he just can’t miss. That was junior point guard Taylor Schildroth’s kind of night as he scored a record-breaking 61 points as the Eagles rolled over Lee Academy last Friday night before a home crowd.
“Honestly, when you’re shooting like that, you don’t even feel anything,” Schildroth said. “You’re just in the zone and it feels like there is no one else in the gym with you.”
The man whose 25-year record of 52 points was broken, assistant coach Matt Mattson, was watching from the bench.
“Taylor’s effort was the most impressive individual performance I have ever witnessed in Maine High School basketball,” Mattson said. “The wide variety of shots he was able to make—contested layups, a dozen three-pointers (several right in the face of the defender), and mid-range jumpers were amazing to watch. His ability to score in any situation was absolutely incredible.”
Schildroth, who scored 27 points in just the first quarter, said he wasn’t aware he was breaking Mattson’s record until midway in the game.
“I didn’t even know [Mattson] had it until he and I talked about it at half time,” Schildroth said. “It is pretty cool, especially since he’s been coaching me since third grade.”
Mattson expressed no regrets about his record being surpassed. “I am extremely proud of Taylor,” he said. “This isn’t something that happens every day. It was very special.”
Schildroth, who helped lead the George Stevens Academy team to the Class C state title last year, credits his teammates with feeling the moment and feeding him the ball.
“I kept shooting and it kept going in,” he said. “I have some awesome teammates that also realized that and kept getting me open looks.”
Schildroth now has just over 900 points in his high school career, and Head Coach Dwayne Carter said he may reach 1,000 points at home—an achievement usually reserved for senior year.
After two away games, the Eagles host Sumner on January 23 and Ellsworth on January 26 before traveling to Lee the next night.
Next up is another Friday night game, at Bucksport, at 7 p.m.