, Newburyport, MA


February 23, 2012

1,000-point play

Castantini joins elite group after scoring 28 points against Marblehead

Pentucket's Corey McNamara had his big 1,000-point moment Tuesday night in a 26-point game on the road to beat the Marblehead Magicians.

Fast forward one day and Newburyport's Beth Castantini took her turn yesterday on the same court with the same result. She broke into the 1,000-point club in the first quarter and stayed hot the rest of the way, scoring a game-high 28 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists in a monster effort in the Clippers' (13-7) win, 55-36, against Marblehead.

"It's kind of surreal almost," said Castantini of joining the 1,000-point club that will likely get her name up on a banner in the Clipper gym as well as on a plaque on the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. "This morning I was a nervous a little bit, but I knew I couldn't think about it. I just had to play the game."

Newburyport coach Gregg Dollas kept Castantini in the dark for most of the season about how close his captain was getting to one of her many goals for her senior year. But after a 20-point game versus Amesbury last Thursday put her 10 points shy of the milestone, the cat was essentially let out of the bag.

"I knew I was getting close, but this game just felt like it was reachable to get it," Castantini said.

And her teammates may have been doing a little extra early on to help ease the stress.

"I was getting open a lot, people were passing it, so it was just working in our favor," said Castantini, who didn't realize she had scored half her team's points in the win.

"It was good, the girls came out, started really well moving the ball, and Beth took charge and got her 10,000th point — excuse me, I wish — I mean, got her 1,000th point right off the bat and so it was good to see," Dollas said.

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