It was an impressive 64-34 victory at home Monday, Feb. 5, for Harvey against Wooster in an important league matchup, but the game took on greater, historical significance when the Cavaliers’ perennial all-star point guard, Julia Mallon sank a free throw to reach the 1000-career point milestone and become the first female to do so for the Cavaliers.
The 5’2’’ senior co-captain, who is Harvey’s leading scorer this year, averaging 16 points per game, finished with 23 points against Wooster. Nine of her total points came on success from 3-point range while eight more came from the free-throw line, including the history-making one with just 3:13 left in the game.
Harvey got off to a slow start but led at the half 31-24. The Cavs’ offense started to percolate when play resumed after intermission. Holding Wooster to just 10 points in the second half, Harvey padded its lead with the help of freshman Kathryn Ogg, who scored all of her 12 points in the last seven minutes of the game. Senior Dani Oddo also scored 12 while senior co-captain Nikki Johnson contributed 11.
Senior Sadie Albert had an outstanding game, registering a team-high nine assists and recording six steals. Mallon and Oddo teamed up on defense with six steals apiece. Oddo was a force under the boards, along with junior Courtney Warren. Oddo grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Warren hauled in six of her own.
While Christina Binns knows getting a victory is the primary focus of the team in its goal to win a league championship, Harvey’s second-year coach was very happy to take time to celebrate Mallon’s individual achievement. Coach Binns said, “Working with Julia for the past two years, there was no doubt in my mind that she would hit 1000. She is a strong ball handler and player. It was an honor to be a part of this lifetime moment for Julia, one I will never forget as a coach. She deserved it."
Coach Melissa Zeffer, who has been a varsity assistant throughout Mallon’s four years, took special joy in being on hand to witness her milestone. "It has been wonderful to see Julia grow as an athlete since her freshman year,” said coach Zeffer. “Her confidence and skill set the tone on the court," she added.
In a heartwarming moment, Mallon was embraced by her teammates, family, and current and former coaches, and applauded by a huge crowd beaming with Harvey pride in Fenstermacher Athletic Center. In a gesture of great sportsmanship, Wooster coach, David McNutt, and his team offered Mallon their congratulations. Mallon, now with 1001 and counting, joins the ranks of Tyrone Foster ’93, Steve Masiello ’96, Tré Wilson’11 and Ricky Hicks ’15 in Harvey’s 1000-point club. Mallon has signed her letter of intent to attend Emerson College in the fall and play both basketball and lacrosse.
Over the course of her four years on the Harvey varsity, Mallon, a two-time New England All-Star and two-time HVAL All-League player, has seen her total points in a season increase year by year. She tallied 138 as a freshman, improved to 227 as a sophomore, jumped to 316 last year as a junior, and reaching 320 points to date this season. Her highest point tally in a single game over her four years was the 31 she scored Feb. 1, in Harvey’s victory against Rye Country Day.
With the win over Wooster, Harvey improves to 12-7 overall. The Cavaliers travel to Poughkeepsie Wednesday to take on Oakwood Friends.
(photo upper left, team celebrates Julia Mallon as #1 female scorer in Harvey history; photo, right, teammate Sadie Albert throws up her arms in celebration of Julia's 1000; photo bottom left, the Mallon family, father, Shawn, brother Brandon, mother, Cyndi, pose with Harvey's first female member of the 1000 career-point club.)
Photos: Gabe Palacio Photography