The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has a new record holder for the most individual points scored in the state tournament. She’s from Ossining, and she’s probably the player you expected it to be. And she’s also not.
Former Ossining star Saniya Chong now graces the top of the scoring charts for her 133-point performance through four games during the Pride’s run to their first-ever Class AA state title in 2013, NYSPHSAA Director of Communications Joe Agostinelli confirmed to The Journal News on Monday.
Chong was already in the record books for that season, but was credited for 61 points — her total for the state semifinal and championship games. “Tournament records used to be just the semifinals and finals, however, we now include anything from regionals on,” Agostinelli said via email.
Chong, who is currently a junior for the two-time defending national champion UConn women’s basketball team, already owned state records for career 3-pointers (320), single-season 3-pointers (108, 100 – she holds the top two spots), and is Section 1’s all-time leading scorer with 2,988 points.
The record change came after The Journal News sought confirmation if Pride senior and Shadeen Samuels would move to the top of the list with her 108 points scored this year in four state tournament games, or if only her state semifinal and final totals would count.
When Agostinelli confirmed that all state tournament games, including regionals, counted, The Journal News extended its search to past members of the Pride, who have won each of the last four Class AA state titles.
Lakeland alumna and Marist senior Tori Jarosz previously held the record with 107 points.
Chong now sits in the No. 1 spot with her 133 points, followed by Samuels and Jarosz, respectively. FDR-Hyde Park’s Karen O’Connor (96 points) and Eldred’s Tammy Reiss (95 points) move down to fourth and fifth, respectively.
Occupying the sixth and seventh spots is reigning Journal News Westchester/Putnam player of the year Jalay Knowles, who scored 94 points in both her junior and senior years with the Pride.
Further calculations show that Pride freshman Aubrey Griffin would come in at eighth overall with her 89 points scored this year, followed by Cicero-North Syracuse alumna and prospective No. 1 WNBA Draft pick Breanna Stewart (85 points, 2012).
I’m sure there will be plenty of teams who have recently (within the last three or four years) gone to the state finals that will be bombarding the NYSPHSAA with records, given the light being brought to this change, so some of those middle-of-the-pack spots may be subject to change.
Hard to believe anyone has topped Chong, but if she’s out there, I’m sure her school will be sending the NYSPHSAA an email very soon. For now, and for the foreseeable future, it looks like Chong’s newly-minted record is here to stay.