It didn't take long for Senior Captain Grace Bennis to score 9 points in Thursday night's game vs Plymouth. With her fourth basket (two 2-pt, two 3-pt) just minutes into the 1st quarter, Grace became the first player, male or female, in Hingham High School's long history to score 1,000 career points.
The game was stopped so Grace and her parents, Jillian Ayer and Bill Bennis, could celebrate the milestone with her teammates and fans.
Fellow Senior and Captain Ryley Blasetti was the first one to run and congratulate Grace as soon as she hit the record breaking basket. It was clear early on, the focus was to get Grace the ball as soon as possible to reach this milestone.
She was also immediately surrounded by the rest of her teammates on the court as the crowd cheering her on.
We at Anchor Sports want to offer our sincerest congratulations to Grace and her family on this truly historic moment and wish her luck next year as she continues her basketball career at Connecticut College.
This night also celebrated the careers of the 5 Seniors and their parents. This program has improved and grown over the past few years to be not only at the top of the Patriot League, but also ranked across the whole South Shore, due to a large part to these Seniors. Congratulations to Jess Johnson and her parents Tara and Rob Johnson, Corrine Hanney and her parents Gerri and Kevin Hanney, Ryley Blasetti and her parents Bridget and Mark Blasetti, Grace Bennis and her parents Jillian Ayer and Bill Bennis, and Haley Platt and her parents Jenn and Dan Platt.
In a classy move, Coach Buczynski started all 5 seniors at the beginning of the game. Senior Captain Corrine Hanney and the rest of the Harborwomen jumped out to a big 21-9 1st quarter lead.
Senior Haley Platt grabbed an important rebound late in the 1st half as Plymouth was try to claw their way back into the game.
Plymouth closed the gap to 29-22 by halftime. As the 3rd quarter began, it was clear this was going to be a ball game and everyone, including Senior Captain Ryley Blasetti, fought for every loose ball in the second half. Blasetti finished with 17 points with 8 points coming in the 4th quarter.
Senior Captain Jess Johnson scored 10 points on the night along with playing excellent defense late in the game.
As she usually does, Grace Bennis makes an impactful play when her teams needs it. She is fouled here as she drives to the basket in the 3rd quarter. Appropriately, she finished with a game-high 18 points, making four 3-pointers.
Champions cut down the nets! Even though they clinched the outright regular season Patriot League title against Silver Lake earlier in the week, the Harborwomen celebrated yet another accomplishment last night as back-to-back Patriot League Champions. Coach Buczynski cuts down the nets after their big win. Hingham will play in the Comcast Tournament over the weekend before starting the playoffs in the near future.