Bellevue had no problem beating Sandusky Saturday afternoon to share the Northern Ohio League title with Shelby for a second straight year, winning 72-45.
It is the first time in program history the Lady Red (19-3, 9-1) won three straight league titles.
Less than two minutes into the second half, sophomore Carly Santoro scored her 1,000th career point on a driving layup, reaching the milestone in just 45 games.
But that is where the good ended.
Santoro, who averages 25.3 points per game, went down hard and was fouled on the milestone layup, injuring her knee in the process.
Instead of an instant celebration, the entire gym went quiet as she was helped to the trainer s table with her day finished.
There is no immediate word on the injury, but Bellevue coach Ryan Orshoski indicated that the early returns were positive.
I obviously didn’t expect it to be that way, but it’s a major accomplishment and I’m just happy I was able to get it out of the way right before tournaments,” said Santoro, who finished with 27 points and enters the postseason with exactly 1,000 points. “My teammates carrying me off like that just shows they care about me and want the best for our team. It really was a great experience.”
The game itself was never in doubt, as Bellevue jumped out to a 24-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 40-16 lead at halftime.
Bellevue outscored the Streaks (3-19, 0-10) by a 32-29 margin in the second half.
Jake Turner added 17 points for Bellevue.
Sandusky got eight points from Azyay Smith-Crager, Dorresha Green and Kelsey Peters.
Read more in Sunday's Sandusky Register.