Cary News: Sports

Milestone of the Year: Gaffney breaks county scoring record

There have been a number of talented girls’ basketball players in Wake County.

But this was the year Green Hope senior Kristen Gaffney stood above the rest.

Gaffney broke the county’s public-school career scoring record Jan. 25 when she scored on a layup for her 12th point to break the old record of 2,343 points held by former Broughton standout Karen Clayton.

Gaffney finished the game, a 65-46 win against Wilson Hunt, with 37 points.

This milestone was four years in the making, as Gaffney dominated the sport like few other N.C. players during the same period.

This wasn’t her first time breaking a record, as she owns almost every school record and broke the NCHSAA record for points in a sophomore season.

The Vanderbilt recruit, also named The Associated Press state Player of the Year, finished her career with 2,688 points, which unofficially ranks her for eighth-most in NCHSAA history.