Eighth-grader Sydney Zambrotta exploded for a Long Island-record 63 points on Tuesday night while leading Upper Room Christian (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
to a 78-17 girls basketball rout of Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.).
The 5-foot-8 point guard made 24 field goals, one of them a 3-pointer, and 14 free throws to eclipse the previous record of 60 points by Jennifer Mitchell of Hempstead (N.Y.).
Zambrotta, who entered the game with a nation-leading 44-point scoring average, transferred to Upper Room Christian in the fall from North Babylon (N.Y.). She is starting with four girls who never previously had played organized basketball, first-year coach Rebecca Stevens told MaxPreps.
Stevens said Zambrotta "is an extremely good ball-handler and ambidextrous, which gives her a big edge. She can score from the top of the key with a 3-pointer or go inside. She has the ability to see the floor really well. She definitely does have speed and scored on a lot of fast-break layups last night."
*Tuesday also was a big night for Greta Tamasauskaite, who scored 57 points as Grace Academy (Matthews, N.C.)
rolled past Kennedy Charter (Charlotte, N.C.) 83-57. It placed her No. 4 for single-game scoring in North Carolina history. The state record is 61 by All-American Shea Ralph of Sanford (Fayetteville, N.C.) in 1995.