Sayre's Robinson reaches 1,000 career points
POTTSVILLE - Sayre senior Mollie Robinson added her name to a very short list here Saturday night when she netted her 1,000th career point during opening-round PIAA Class A playoff action at historic Martz Hall on the campus of Pottsville Area High School.
Robinson, who scored 10 points to finish her career with 1,007 points, joins Chelsea Tracy and Elizabeth Higley as the only girls in school history to reach the milestone.
For Robinson, it was a bittersweet night.
"It feels pretty good," she said. "I just wish we could have won or least kept the game a little more competitive."
She also reflected on the 2012-13 season and her four-year varsity career.
"This season was amazing and I'm really proud I was able to play with these girls.
"I never envisioned any of this. It's been amazing," said Robinson. "Every team I've played on has been great from (Elizabeth) Higley and all those guys to this team with Kelsey (Young), Kelly (Villanti), Elyse (Skerpon), Adrienne (Malorzo) and Katie (Hurley).
"It's been an amazing time," she added. "I'm sad to see it end."
Robinson said she had plenty of help along the way.
"I have to thank my coaches (Bill) Trump, (John Cheresnowsky), all my junior high coaches and my AAU coach because I couldn't have done it without them.
"And, of course, all my teammates over the years, I couldn't have done it without their help," added Robinson.
Sayre coach Bill Trump said Robinson's trip to 1,000 points was made more difficult by her style of play.
"Mollie is a very, very unselfish player, so for her to get to 1,000 points is an amazing accomplishment," he said. "I was a little worried at times this year.
"She'd have lanes to the bucket where she could have scored, but she'd give it up to a teammate for an open look.
"For someone to get eight, nine, 10 assists in a game and then turn around and score 1,000 points is a tremendous feat," added Trump.
The longtime Sayre coach said Robinson will be missed and her list of accomplishments is longer than simply reaching 1,000 points.
"She's had a great career," he said. "She was an integral part of league championship teams, the school's first unbeaten regular-season team and the school's first-ever team to go to States.
"She's the school all-time 3-point shooter and I don't think that record will get touched for a while.
"She's had a great four years and is just a tremendous player," added Trump. "I'm happy and proud to have coached her."