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Maine South senior Jacqui Grant (right) goes up for a basket against Resurrection junior Kate Moriarty during the sectional semifinals at Loyola in Wilmette on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Maine South coach Mark Smith was aware of what senior Jacqui Grant might accomplish Tuesday against Resurrection.
But the nature of the game didn’t allow the milestone moment to be acknowledged.
That’s why Smith waited until after the sectional semifinal at Loyola was over to announce that the 6-foot-3 center surpassed 1,500 points for her career with a layup off an assist from junior Katherine Miles during the third quarter of the Hawks’ 54-37 win over the Bandits.
“It was on our radar, of course, but you don’t typically stop a playoff game,” Smith said. “But we want her to be recognized.”
The Illinois-bound Grant enters Thursday’s final against Evanston with 1,503 points (470 this season) and is second on the program’s all-time scoring list. Ashley Tomzik, a 2007 graduate, owns the top spot with 1,910 points.
“She’s added a couple of skills each year to become the multi-dimensional player she is today,” Smith said.
Grant, who’s been part of 94 wins in her four varsity seasons, is also second in career rebounds with 816. Christina Solari, a 2006 graduate, is the program’s only player with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.