BATAVIA – Prior to the start of the season, Batavia Bulldogs senior guard Samantha McElfresh needed 300 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
So far, she has scored 121 points, an average of 13.4 points per game. With 12 games left in the regular season and at least one tournament game, she needs to bump up her average to about 14 per game to reach the mark.
Jason McElfresh, Samantha’s father and Batavia head coach, said they do not talk about it much, but it does weigh heavily in the back of their minds.
“It’s been one of my major goals since I was a freshman,” Samantha said. “I’m just trying to keep scoring.”
According to Samantha, there are only two or three others that are a part of the 1,000-point club. She said it would mean a lot to be one of the few people in that group.
But, that doesn’t mean she is going to take wild, contested shots or not share the ball with her teammates. She added that she doesn’t feel the pressure to reach a certain number of points each night.
“I go more with the flow and take what the game gives me,” she said.
Regardless of whether she scores 1,000 points or not, she is still a big part of what the Bulldogs are trying to do this season.
That includes trying to get as many wins as they can and draw a good seed for the state tournament. Batavia had three wins heading into this week’s slate of games and Jason figures they need around eight wins to get the kind of seeding they want.
Besides McElfresh, the Bulldogs need production from other sources to reach that mark. It’s been tougher than usual as the roster has resembled an infirmary.
The team has dealt with injuries such as two players with broken feet and another with an anterior cruciate ligament tear.
Jason also received news that another player might have broken her finger during gym class Thursday last week.
The two players with broken feet were supposed to be on minute restrictions for the game against North Adams last week. But, that game was moved to Jan. 21 because North Adams canceled school.
So as the second half looms, the Bulldogs will need to start putting together pieces to the puzzle.
“We are going to start seeing our conference teams again here in the second half so it’s about coming up with wins,” Jason said. “It’s about good seeding for the tournament.”