Before the most recent Cobleskill-Richmondville girls’ basketball game, Sabrina Pressley noticed a rolled-up banner tucked behind the team’s bench.
“I was like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what that’s all about,” Pressley said with a laugh.
It didn’t take much sleuthing to figure out what the banner was for: The Bulldogs’ junior guard was closing in on 1,000 career points, and her coach wanted to be ready to celebrate whenever Pressley hit the milestone.
Now, there’s a good chance that banner finally can be unfurled Friday, Feb. 14, when C-R plays at Voorheesville in its final regular-season game.
Pressley, who averages a team-high 14.2 points per game, enters Friday with 990 career points. She is poised to become the first girls’ basketball player in C-R history to score 1,000.
“She’s just a special player,” said Carlin DeMarinis, the Bulldogs’ coach. “To be only a junior and reaching this milestone is just a tremendous accomplishment.”
It’s been a season full of great accomplishments for C-R, which currently has a 12-3 record in the Colonial Council and 14-5 mark overall. With a win Friday, the Bulldogs clinch first place in the Colonial Council’s Patriot Division.
Next weekend, they’ll begin play in the Section II tournament, which is where Pressley has kept her focus.
“I’ve really been more worried about winning games,” said Pressley, whose teammates affectionately call her “Beanie.”
“I’m more excited for sectionals, just because it’s a whole team thing. One-thousand points is cool, but sectionals is something the whole team can accomplish together.”
Pressley is the third member of her family to play for C-R and under Coach DeMarinis. Her oldest sister, Olivia, graduated two years ago, and Alicia graduated last year.
The three siblings grew up playing basketball together, which helps explain how the youngest adjusted quickly to competing against older girls. She was called up to the varsity team in eighth grade and became part of the starting line-up as a freshman.
Since, she’s scored almost 300 points every season, though she’s been too focused on winning games to realize that she was inching closer to the 1,000-point milestone.
In fact, Pressley was unaware until Coach DeMarinis mentioned at a practice earlier this season that 1,000 points probably was within reach this winter. The coach promised to remind her when she got within 30 points.
And then the banner started showing up.
“The thing about her is, she just plays,” Coach DeMarinis said. “You can tell it’s not in the back of her mind. Her focus is on the team and on winning.”
“Whenever it happens, it happens,” Pressley added. “Right now, I’m more worried about winning games.”