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Senior breaks points record

Girls’ varsity basketball continues to shine

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William Floyd High School senior Kayla Gilmore broke the girls’ varsity basketball program’s all-time points scored record this past weekend when she drilled a three-point jump-shot early in the first quarter against Walt Whitman. It was Kayla’s 1,187th career point, surpassing the previous record held by Melissa Graves (formerly D’Amico), William Floyd alumna Class of 2004, a former Notre Dame standout and the current head basketball coach of the Boston University women’s team.

Kayla is also set to become the program’s all-time leader in assists (246) in her next game. When her William Floyd basketball career concludes, Kayla will be the all-time leader in points scored, assists and steals.

Along with a record-breaking performance, the Colonials continued to shine this past weekend as they defeated Walt Whitman by a score of 45 to 38. Now with a 9-1 overall record (5-1 in League I), the Colonials continue to prove themselves as one of the top teams in Suffolk County.

They even received a boost this past game, welcoming home senior Shy Hawkins, who has returned to William Floyd High School after attending Long Island Lutheran the past two years. Hawkins, a Newsday All-Long Island second team member last season, is committed to playing basketball at Syracuse University next season.

All five members of the Colonials starting lineup provided key contributions that led to their big win.

  • Shy Hawkins: 21 points, 13 rebounds
  • Jacky Sutherland: 9 points, 9 rebounds
  • Kayla Gilmore: 9 points, 4 rebounds
  • Kayden Meyer: 4 points, 4 rebounds
  • Chloe Campbell: 2 points, 5 rebounds 

The girls team beat Brentwood 48-42 on Tuesday, Jan. 17. They are now 11-1 (7-1 in League I).