It appeared likely that Rising Sun junior Lucy Carrigan would break the single game scoring record before she finished her high school career, at least that was her goal since her freshman year.
On Thursday, December 15th the 5’8″ guard achieved that goal and set a new standard. She scored 47 points to shatter the old record of 38 set by Teri Levi Martini in 1983. The previous record was 31 held by Teresa Pflum White. In addition to the school record, Carrigan broke a gym record of 37 set by Marcy Dickman of Jac-Cen-Del in 1992. Levi’s 38 points came on December 11th, 1983 in a 68 to 51 win at Southwestern. She made 15-for-22 for 68 percent plus 8-for-10 at the line and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Carrigan’s mom Molly (Martin) along with aunt Abby (Friend) each were all-conference players for Rising Sun. Uncles Joe, C.J. and Toby each played and grandfather Denny Carrigan was coach of the last Shiners boys team to win the sectional.
It was an emotional night as, like Levi, Carrigan had her best shooting night with 57 percent (17-for-30 from the field including 4-for-7 from 3-point range and 9-for-12 at the free throw line). She had a double double with 10 rebounds plus three assists and a steal. She was four points shy of tying Kevin Weisman’s single game recod of 51 for the boys.
The reigning Ohio River Valley Conference Player of the Week (55 points, 28 rebounds in two games) entered the contest averaging 22.7 ppg and 8.4 rebounds. The emotional record setting night wasn’t quite enough to upset a Milan Indian team that escaped with 69 to 63 non-conference win. The two teams will meet in an Ohio River Valley Conference encounter on January 10th in Milan.
The game had five first quarter lead changes before Milan pulled ahead 23 to 12 at the end of one. They took a 33 to 22 lead into halftime.
Milan had an 18 point lead, 42 to 24, with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter after junior Baylee Yorn connected on one of her five 3-pointers (17 points). It was her three straight 3-pointers that busted open the game in the first half.
Rising Sun had no answer for Milan’s 6’2″ center Maddy Roell who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Her baskets at the end of the third quarter gave her team a 48 to 33 advantage with eight minutes remaining.
However the Indians couldn’t put the game away despite hitting an impressive 17-for-20 at the line.
Carrigan’s scoring feat was more impressive as she had just four points in the opening quarter. She added eight in the second and nine in the third for 21 points headed into the final eight minutes.
She took over the game, driving to the basket and getting fouled or stopping and shooting a jump shot or pulling up for a 3-pointer.
Carrigan tied the record with a basket at 65 to 54 then broke the record at the free throw line with 1:18 remaining. The new record basket came with three seconds remaining.
Rising Sun scored 30 points (possibly a record) in the final eight minutes. A pair of free throws by Chelsea Brown and a basket by Emma Levi from a Carrigan assist were the only other Shiner points of the quarter.
Brown finished with eight points but left the game briefly with 6:58 left in the contest after getting bumped in the head.
Freshman Sydney Pitts had a strong night for the Shiners with seven rebounds and a free throw. Brown finished with five rebounds and two assists while Sydney Bostic added five boards and an assist. Erica Schraeder added a basket and Saige Groover a free throw. Freshman Kinsey Price got a steal that led to a pair of Carrigan Free throws.
The 13 turnovers by Rising Sun was just the third time they had committed under 20 this season.
The injury plagued Shiners did not have enough players to play a reserve contest.
Rising Sun was to host Providence Cristo Rey from Indianapolis but icy roads canceled the contest.
Rising Sun returns to action after the Christmas holiday as it competes in the Speedway tournament on Thursday, December 29.
The Lady Shiners (1-9) will be on the road until a matchup with Southwestern on January 17th.