With a simple baseline drive Friday night, top-seed Holy Family’s Stephanie Giltner joined some elite company.
The senior’s second basket of the third period not only helped her team to a 44-20 win over Estes Park in the first round of Class 3A state. It also was the shot that set a new school scoring record. The hard-charging guard recorded her 927th career point with the play and finished the night with 929 points, according to team statistics as reported by coach Ron Rossi.
The play of the game stopped for a moment, the announcer did his job broadcasting the feat and the ball that was in the middle of the action was sidelined as a keepsake. Pretty impressive evening for a pretty impressive player.
It becomes a even a little more impressive given who the scoring streak put Giltner ahead on the Tigers’ all-time scoring chart – two of the team’s most icon players.
Sarah Talamantes, who is now playing for Cornell University, set the most recent career-points record in 2011. The guard finished her senior season recording her 925th point in her team’s fourth straight 3A state championship.
Despite playing with Talamantes for three of her four years with Holy Family, Giltner is a bit more familiar with the previous career-points record holder.
Her older sister and 2008 graduate Jessica Giltner held the honor before Talamantes. Though, Rossi could not recollect how many notches the forward put on her high tops when she ended her career helping Holy Family to its first state championship.
Potentially, the younger Giltner has the chance to blow the record away.
If things swing her way, she could finish this season with 1,000 career points. If the Tigers play four more games – the amount needed for their fourth straight Class 3A state title – she will need to average 17.8 points per outing.
Certainly, in the thick of state it is a task, but one that is not out of bounds. Presently, the senior averages 15.1 points per game. And obviously, if there is a time to pick up the play it is now, in the postseason.
Really, the team does not even have to win state for Giltner to set the mark, since 3A has consolation play. But that option is most certainly not one the senior has rattling around her head. Right now, her focus is on becoming the second team to win five consecutive state titles — matching Broomfield’s run to the mark in 2011.
Time will tell. But no matter what happens one thing is for sure, Gilter has more than earned her stripes with the Tigers.