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December 18, 2012

Hogan is the hero

Georgetown senior nets 1,000th career point

By Dan Guttenplan
Sports Editor

---- — 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.

“I think the Lynnfield team spent the entire game trying to cover her,” Georgetown coach Dave Tucker said. “They played in her shirt the entire night. She still came up with 19 points.”

Hogan was an eighth-grader at Georgetown Middle School when the high school program’s last 1,000-point scorer, Taryn O’Connell, was a senior. Hogan traveled with the 2009 team to a state-championship game at the Garden, a game that Georgetown lost. O’Connell finished tops in program history with 1,526 points.

“When they went to the Garden, I was in eighth grade, and I moved up,” Hogan said. “I learned from Taryn to work hard. She was one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met.”

Hogan has started since her freshman year, logging close to 300 points in each of her first two years playing varsity. Last year, she had closer to 400 points, according to Tucker, many of which came behind the 3-point arc.

“She’s a pure shooter, as you could see,” Tucker said. “What separates her is her focus,” Tucker said. “The kid is focused 100 percent of the time. You can see in a game when she’s shooting how focused she is.”

Hogan suffered a right knee injury during the soccer season in the fall. She wears a black brace on the knee, and she appeared to be in pain at different points last evening.

“I hurt my knee in soccer, but I’m going to keep playing,” Hogan said. “I decided I was going to play. I lost cartilage in my knee. After the basketball season, I’ll have surgery. But I’m playing the whole season.”

Georgetown’s 1,000-point scorers

Name Points Graduation year

Taryn O’Connell 1,526 2009

Randy Rogers 1,435 1992

Megan O’Connor 1,322 2005

Michelle Polys 1,099 2004

Jim Holbrook 1,015 1959

Kristin Hogan 1,000 2012