Gondrezick shatters state scoring record with 72 points; Benton Harbor wins
Dowagiac – Kysre Gondrezick scored a state-record 72 points to carry Benton Harbor to an 80-78 double overtime victory over Buchanan in a Class B district opener at Dowagiac Union on Monday.
The previous record of 63 was set in 1979 by Debra Walker of Detroit Mumford.
Benton Harbor trailed by eight points with less than three minutes left in regulation and trailed 70-67 before Gondrezick made a 3-pointer with six seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Gondrezick, the state’s top-rated player according to State Champs, was 27-of-54 from the field including 10-of-27 from the 3-point range.
The rest of Benton Harbor players were three-of-21 from the field.
“Of course you never thinking about scoring 72,” Gondrezick said. “I feel so honored and humbled by the record.
“It was a team effort. My teammates did a great job setting screens. I’m just happy we won. We get to take the bus home with a victory.”
Gondrezick needed 40 points to move to second place on the state’s all-time scoring list. She now has 2,764 points. Stephanie Hass of Harbor Springs Harbor Light Christian is now third with 2,732 points. Jasmine Hines of Hines of Central Lake is first with 3,034 points.
Benton Harbor (9-11), a state semifinalist last season, will play host Dowagiac (1-19) on Wednesday in a district semifinal at 5 p.m.
“We have another game to play,” Benton Harbor coach and Gondrezick’s mother, Lisa Harvey said. “We can celebrate tonight.
“I kept telling the players to keep running the offense. We were running it and we kept on doing it.”
In comparison, only five male players have scored more points in a game. Ed Burling of Crystal Falls holds the record with 97 points set in 1911. The modern day record of 84 points is shared by Ray Warner of Rapid City and Anton Phillips of Glen Arbor Leelanau in 1989.