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Brookfield's Martelle reaches 1,000-point mark

Elise M. Tobi, News-Times
Published 11:58 pm, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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BROOKFIELD -- A banner hanging in Brookfield High School's gym lists the four athletes who have scored more than 1,000 points in their high school basketball careers. As of Tuesday night, that list was outdated.

Senior Brittany Martelle scored her 1,000th point with 7:08 left on the clock Tuesday in Brookfield's 62-54 girls basketball win over visiting Bethel (0-3). Martelle is the third girl to earn a spot in Brookfield's 1,000-point club. She is also the first athlete in 11 years to reach the milestone.

The 5-foot-5 Martelle wasn't always a basketball player. From the age of 3 she had been a dancer. Then, in fifth grade, she decided to try her hand on the court.

"In sixth grade she just fell in love with basketball, and that was the end of dance," said Martelle's mother, Alberta Martelle.

In the summer before seventh grade, Martelle spent her days working on her left hand. She knew she wasn't going to have a height advantage, so her work ethic became her advantage.

"She works her butt off on and off the court," said teammate Jackie Brown.

Martelle's efforts have earned her a full scholarship to Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where she will play Division II basketball next year. Before all of that, though, Martelle has some hometown accomplishments to celebrate.

The achievement meant something special to Martelle. It also meant something special to Brookfield High. The stands were packed. The fans were loud. And the homemade posters were plentiful.

As soon as Martelle sunk that magic basket, the crowd erupted in applause and stormed the court.

"It really showed how many people in the school and the community support athletics," said Martelle.

The 17-year-old was also thankful to her teammates and coach for all of their support. In turn, the Bobcats praised Martelle's work ethic and finesse throughout the game.

"Bethel denied her the ball every chance they got," said Brookfield coach Maura Keenan. "She worked for all of her 22 points."

"We started the box-and-one on Martelle early," said Bethel coach Christin Morgatto. "I just warned my girls, she's going to score."

Bethel performed well from the foul line, hitting 22 of 34 shots. Danielle Scolpino contributed 22 points and Elizabeth Thoung collected 16.

The Wildcats' efforts were no match for the Bobcats. Between Martelle's 22 points, Krista Melchione 13 points, and solid performances by Brown and Bickelhaupt, the Bobcats remained on top from the beginning to the end.

BETHEL 6 14 14 20 -- 54

BROOKFIELD 19 14 14 15 -- 62

BETHEL (54)

Morgan Osiecki 3 2-2 4; Danielle Scolpino 13 7-8 22, Autumn Sorice 5 4-9 6; Nicole Stavola 2 0-0 4; Shannon Buckley 1 0-0 2; Elizabeth Thoung 12 8-11 16. TOTALS: 36 22-34 54.

BROOKFIELD (62)

Jackie Brown 4 0-0 8; Claudia Bartoli 1 0-0 2; Jamie Bickelhaupt 5 1-3 9; Maureen Vetter 1 0-2 2; Brittany Martelle 12 3-3 22; Krista Melchione 7 1-3 13; Tara Schang 0 0-4 0; Erin Reelick 3 0-3 6. TOTALS: 33 5-18 62.

3-POINT GOALS: Martelle (B), Scolpino (Be) 4.

RECORDS: Brookfield--3-0, Bethel--0-3.