Gingrich reaches 1,000 last regular season game

By on February 12, 2014

Probably the most impressive thing about Marissa Gingrich reaching the 1,000-point plateau Friday afternoon in Denver in a 72-48 victory over Solanco was the fact that she didn’t force things.

It was all in the flow of the game, which is a credit to her, as well as her teammates. But that didn’t mean she wasn’t anxious to get it done.

Cocalico’s Marissa Gingrich (left) celebrates her 1,000-point milestone with teammates. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Cocalico’s Marissa Gingrich (left) celebrates her 1,000-point milestone with teammates. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Gingrich came into the game needing just 11 points to become the eighth player in program history to accomplish that feat. And the senior was sitting on 10 points after a coast-to-coast lay-up with 4:52 to go in the second quarter.

It took her another four minutes and 30-some seconds before she would finally reach the magic number. And she did it at the foul line.

After getting fouled on a drive with 20 seconds remaining in the period, the senior calmly stepped to the line and swished the front end of the one-and-one to reach the mark.

“I was kind of nervous today,” Gingrich said following the game. “I didn’t really know when it was going to be, if it was going to be on a lay-up, on a shot…I just knew that whatever happens, happens. I wanted to get it done in the first half, just to get it over with. That was my goal for today.”

That fact that it came on a foul shot didn’t seem to bother her.

“I was kind of nervous because my foul shooting hasn’t been that well recently,” she said. “I was just thinking, ‘I have to make this one-and-one to get the second one.’ Foul shots are important, especially in close games, but eventhough this was not a close game it was neat I got to make it for my 1000th point.”

Gingrich, who scored 19 points in the win, joins a list of Cocalico greats to reach the milestone, including: Abbie Fabian (1,981 points); Jodi Frederick (1,487); Kimi Bryan (1,167); Jen Bryan (1,142); Dana Sensenig (1,113); Beth Good (1,067); and Jen Koch (1,009).

“It’s pretty awesome,” she said of joining that group. “It hasn’t really set in. My parents really didn’t talk about it and I really didn’t know how many points I had until the past two weeks they’ve been putting it in the paper. (But) the whole community came together and everybody was rooting me on, which was really nice. I got calls, text messages…it’s been awesome.”

In addition to joining some elite Cocalico company, Gingrich and her mother, Sue, became just the second mother-daughter combination in L-L League history to score 1,000 points. Sue, a 1987 graduate of Annville-Cleona High School, scored 1,207 points during her outstanding career for the Little Dutchmen.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Gingrich said. “As a little girl, my dad (Cocalico football coach Dave Gingrich) would always be like, ‘your mom scored 1000 points…you don’t realize how good she is.’ I’d go and play out in the backyard with her and score and be like, ‘whatever.’ But I never thought that I would be here right now, scoring 1,000 points. It’s pretty cool that she could do it and then I could follow in her footsteps.”

And she will continue to add to her total of 1,008 points as she leads the Lady Eagles into both the L-L League and District Three playoffs. Cocalico opened the L-L playoffs Monday night at Lancaster Catholic, and will head into District Three play next Tuesday where they will face Lebanon.

Todd Ruth is the sports editor for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at truth.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4422

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