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Girls basketball: Nicole Adams surpasses 2,000 points in Gulf's rout of Wesley Chapel

Gulf’s Nicole Adams reaches 2,000 points on a layup with 5:44 left in the first quarter against Wesley Chapel.

Brendan Fitterer | Times (2009)

Gulf’s Nicole Adams reaches 2,000 points on a layup with 5:44 left in the first quarter against Wesley Chapel.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Gulf coach Mike Quarto has seen many good players come and go through his girls basketball program.

Players such as Tiara Cook, Dominique English and Jordan Schulman have set the bar high for the Buccaneers.

Friday night, Nicole Adams might have etched her name as the best girls player to come out of Gulf.

The gym rat from New York surpassed 2,000 points early in a 57-35 romp over Wesley Chapel.

"It was good to get it out of the way," said Adams, a senior guard who entered the game with 1,997 points and now stands at 2,022. "I am glad it's over. The fans, coach and everyone made a beautiful ceremony, so it's all good."

So what's left for Adams to accomplish?

"Our team making it to states, hopefully," she said. "That's the next goal."

Adams became only the second Pasco County girl to score 2,000 points. Wesley Chapel's Sthephany Thomas surpassed 2,000 in 2007 and finished her career with 2,563.

With 5:44 left in the first quarter, Adams (25 points, five rebounds) easily landed a layup while being fouled, reaching the milestone and, in the process, giving Gulf (16-3) a 7-0 lead.

After scoring the 2,000 point, Quarto and a few fans honored the historic moment with a banner in the stands that read, "Slick Nic 2000th point," and she received a hug from her father.

Wesley Chapel (13-7) trailed 45-31 midway through the fourth quarter behind the hot shooting of guard Hannah Noble (13 points) before the Buccaneers secured the win with solid free-throw shooting.

Howevre, the night belong to Adams.

"Two thousand points as a high school player is phenomenal," Quarto said.

"She's always been a gym rat. She is the most complete player I've ever coached."

Girls basketball: Nicole Adams surpasses 2,000 points in Gulf's rout of Wesley Chapel 01/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 10:59pm]
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