One grand performance for Coolidge against Bombers

CLINTONVILLE - What was more important to Alexis Coolidge was the final score.

But along the way, Coolidge hit the 1,000-point mark as the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots defeated the Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers 52-32 Jan. 4.

"Going into this game the objective was not to get to 1,000 points but to get a big win in our division," Coolidge said after the game. "It's a huge win."

However, all eyes were on the senior center throughout the opening minutes of the game, as she scored the first 11 points of the game for the Patriots, connecting on a fall-away jumper at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter to score her 1,000th and 1,001st career points.

"To be honest, I did not expect to get all the points right off like that," said Coolidge, who finished the game with 22 points and five rebounds. "Usually, (Alexis) Facteau gets us going early and I chip in from there."

"It was surprising that no one else was scoring in the first quarter, but not that she was scoring like that early for us," said head coach Roger Long.

Coolidge said the accomplishment was due in large part to the support of her teammates.

"This is not just for me, it was a big thing for all of us," said Coolidge. "It means a lot of hard work not only paid off for me but for my teammates, my parents and my coaches."

"All the effort and hard work that she puts into the game are why she is where she is," said Long. "She has worked hard on developing an outside game and she can now play all over the court. She is very quick off that first step, and her athleticism also contributes to her ability to score this much."

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