GEORGETOWN — Georgetown senior Kristin Hogan had enough time to reflect on each of her 1,000 career points after connecting on her signature shot late in the fourth quarter against Lynnfield last evening.
With 2:54 remaining in a game Georgetown would eventually win 46-33, Hogan received a pass behind the 3-point arc, took two dribbles to her left and fired a high-arcing left-handed shot that found the bottom of the net. Her 17th, 18th and 19th points of the night gave her 1,000 for her career, making Hogan the sixth player — and fourth female — in Georgetown program history to eclipse 1,000 career points.
Hogan left her left hand in the air long after her 3-point shot fell through the basket, and her teammates emptied the bench. A small circle of Royals enveloped Hogan, before a fairly packed Georgetown student section stormed the court, leaving Hogan lost in a sea of blue shirts.
“I’m so glad to get it over with,” Hogan said. “There was more pressure before the game. During the game, it was more just trying to win.”
The Georgetown students returned to their bleacher seats after a brief on-court celebration, leaving Hogan alone at center court. She then met her parents at the bottom of the bleachers for hugs. At that point, the fans began chanting, “Kris-tin Ho-gan.”
Hogan entered the night with 981 career points, and was not on pace for 1,000 after scoring only eight points in the first half. She buried two three-pointers in the third quarter, leaving her only five short of 1,000 heading into the final quarter.
As the game continued, the Georgetown fans became more animated with every Hogan attempt. She hit a long two-pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter, leaving her three points shy of 1,000. She missed her next three 3-point attempts as Lynnfield defenders shadowed her through a series of picks and screens. With each Hogan miss, the fans let out an audible groan in anticipation of the big basket.