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ERIN LOFARO’S PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE TURNS INTO A MILESTONE

Marlboro Girls Basketball Star Pulls Down 27 Rebounds To Reach 1,000

MARLBORO – Somebody, please get this girl a cake and some balloons.

At least some cupcakes and streamers.

A Ring-Ding, maybe, and a candle?

Heading into Tuesday night’s game against Highland, Marlboro High School girls basketball star Erin Lofaro, her family and her team knew she was close to another milestone.

The senior had already eclipsed 1,000 points for her career and needed 27 rebounds to reach 1,000 in that category. But yanking 27 rebounds is a lot harder than scoring 27 points and, well, there was always Wednesday night against Rondout.

“My parents didn’t even bring the balloons and cupcakes because no one thought I was going to get it,” she said.

Note to Mom: Patti, go to Hannaford on the way home, because she got it.

In a phenomenal performance, Lofaro scored 30 points and pulled down all 27 of those rebounds she needed to reach 1,000, and Marlboro beat Highland, 77-29, in a Mid-Hudson Athletic League game.

Her sister, Liz Lofaro, had 27 points and eight assists.

Liz Lofaro, right, hands the game ball to her sister Erin.

Actually, the family is off the hook. Even Erin admitted that getting 27 rebounds is tough.

“When I got home from school I called my parents and told them that I wanted to get it tonight. It was our first home game, the boys were playing after us so my friends and family were coming, and it was great to be in a place that I love, on my home court, surrounded by a community that I love,” she said. “I knew I had 27 to go, but honestly I did not think that it was going to happen today. But I knew I wanted to give it all I had and go for it.”

When she hit 21, the student section at Marlboro starting chanting at her that she was six away, giving her all the inspiration the UMass-Lowell commit would need.

“I wanted to make my family, school, coaches and community proud,” she said. “I have been inspired by the standard that my parents set, and the athletic program here at Marlboro holds me to everyday. We are pushed to chase greatness.”

Asked what meant more to her, the 1,000 points or the 1,000 boards, Lofaro said each milestone meant the world to her.

But ….

“My rebounds took all of my physical and mental grit,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of players score 1,000 points, but I’ve never really seen anyone have both.”

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