“Two down, 998 to go,” were the words Lillian McCabe’s JV coach said to her after she scored her first points for the Rye girls’ varsity basketball team in 2007. For McCabe, an eighth-grader called up from JV to deepen the Garnets’ postseason bench, it was a thrilling moment. It also foreshadowed greatness to come.
McCabe, now a senior co-captain, reached the 1,000-point milestone in Rye’s 69-43 win over Harrison January 29. She became just the fourth girls’ basketball player to eclipse the mark in Garnet history. When Rye head coach Mary Henwood called a time-out so her charges could celebrate the moment, McCabe’s team spirit shone through. The senior star wondered aloud how many assists she recorded in the game, and asked her father, John, if he witnessed the dynamic passes she made.