Coley Viselli could only take so many pats on the back Monday night before she urged her Pentucket teammates to get focused and finish off a victory.
Viselli’s teammates interrupted a 59-49 victory over Central Catholic in the IAABO Board 130 Tournament final with 1:51 remaining to celebrate a Viselli free throw that gave her 1,000 career points. She became only the third girl and fifth player of either gender in Pentucket program history to achieve the feat. Coley’s sister, Ashley Viselli, holds the girls program record in career points with 1,230. Erin McNamara, Corey McNamara and Mike Iola have also eclipsed 1,000 career points at Pentucket.
Pentucket coach John McNamara, the father of two 1,000-point scorers, called a timeout immediately following Viselli’s clinching free throw. Two eighth-grade travel players, Colleen Jameson and Erin Mikson, ran onto the court with flowers for Viselli. The senior’s teammates also took turns offering her congratulations.
“It was a surprise to me,” Viselli said. “I didn’t think I was that close. It’s something I had thought about, but we still had two minutes to play. I told the girls, ‘I want to finish this.’ So we did.”
Viselli added another 13 points in Pentucket’s victory over Hamilton-Wenham Wednesday night, giving her 1,014 for her career. She is one of four Pentucket seniors who has led the team to a record of 50-2 in Cape Ann League play and won a total of 90 games over the last four seasons.
“Coley’s 1,000 points are a tribute to the seniors we have,” said coach McNamara. “They play the same type of game. Coley sees (Alex Moore) having a good game, and she gets her the ball. She sees (Tess Nogueira) with a mismatch, and she finds her. They do the same thing for Coley the other way. It’s a special group of seniors.”