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Molly Gets To 1,000 As Admirals Beat RCK To Win Outright League Title

WAPPINGERS FALLS – In the end, there was no tie, no sharing and no doubt.

The Arlington High School girls basketball team closed out a terrific regular season with an impressive victory on Wednesday night, beating Roy C. Ketcham 62-32 to win the Section 1, Conference I, League A championship outright.

The Admirals are 16-3 overall and 9-1 in the league, beating out favored Our Lady of Lourdes for the title and avoiding having to share the distinction.

There was no backing into this one; Arlington did what it had to do to secure the championship. During the course of the season, the Admirals swept a good Ketcham team, a good John Jay team, and a very good Mahopac team. And then, 24 days after having its 10-game winning streak snapped and getting hammered by 24 points at Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington showed some moxie and avenged the loss by beating OLL by 10 last week.

That set up the regular-season finale against RCK for the crown.

And it became a double celebration.

Moments into the third quarter, Arlington’s Molly Stephens was in the right place at the time as a missed shot clanged off the rim and bounced off the floor into her hands. The senior put it right back up in one motion, kissed it off the glass, and with that scored the 1,000th and 1,001st points of her career.

“Reaching 1,000 points is tough at Arlington. We don’t take 7th and 8th graders on varsity and I rarely take freshmen,” said Arlington coach Kim Costello, the first Admiral to do it 21 years ago. “Molly has worked so hard on her game and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this achievement. It was such an honor to present Molly with the game ball and to welcome her to the 1,000 point club.”

Time was halted as her four teammates on the floor and the Arlington players rushed off the bench and surrounded her, nearly engulfing Ketcham star Cali Chiocchi in the process.

Stephens became only the third Arlington girls player in history to score 1,000 points. Lauren Minholz was the second to accomplish the feat.

“With all of the excitement of this accomplishment, I know Molly would say she is most proud that our team won the league championship outright tonight,” Costello said. “She would also say none of this would be possible without her teammates. It’s always been team first with these girls and that is why they are such a special group.”

Stephens finished with a game-high 21 points, three steals and three assists. Morgan Hammell had 10 points and four assits, and Ava Allen controlled the boards with 12 rebounds.

Chiocchi led Ketcham with 16 points.

The Admirals are in line for a top-four seed in the Section 1, Class AA playoffs, which begin Saturday with outbracket games.

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