PORTAGE | Before Friday night, Nicki Monahan's most memorable moment was when she scored her 1,000th career point.
It may take time for her new most memorable moment to sink in, but it will. The 5-foot-9 senior guard became Portage's all-time leading scorer when she iced the second of two free throws to reach 1,076 points in her career.
"When I first started, I was nervous," Monahan said. "It was all pretty exciting. But I calmed down and got into the flow of the game. I was excited when I got to the free-throw line and had confidence."
The made free throw came at the 5:20 mark in the second quarter after Monahan was fouled driving to the basket.
She entered the game having scored 1,075 points. After scoring seven hard-earned points, her career total sits at 1,082.
"It's hard to put into words what Nicki has meant to us," Portage coach Chris Seibert said. "She"s been a leader on the court and in all facets of life: in the classroom and community. Her dedication and the time she devotes shows what a truly special person she is."
Monahan surpassed 1989 Portage grad Stacy Sheriff, who set the record 25 years ago when she scored 1,075 points.
Scoring didn't come easy for the Indiana Junior All-Star and team MVP on Senior Night at Portage.
"Portage basketball has always been competitive and there are a lot of great players on the list," Monahan said. "I hope to be a positive role model and show others that if you set your mind to it, you can get it done if you put in the time and effort."
Monahan missed her first shot attempt at 4:40 in the first quarter and had three putbacks at the buzzer that wouldn't fall.
She missed a layup in the second quarter, then missed the first free throw before hitting the record-setting shot.
But it was a low-scoring game all around in LaPorte's 37-22 win in the Duneland Athletic Conference game.
Portage did not score in double figures in any quarter.
"The biggest thing we tell our kids is how to respond to adversity and tonight was as much adversity as we've faced this season," Seibert said. "But we'll come back at it (today) and work toward playing our best basket ball at sectionals."