Girls Basketball – Quigley Becomes the 14th Shore Conference Player to Reach the 2,000 Point Milestone
Manchester guard Devyn Quigley joined Shore Conference royalty, becoming the 14th player to reach the 2,000 point milestone. Entering Thursday’s game against No. 16 Jackson Memorial, Quigley needed 28 points to reach the milestone and finished with 38 points and tying former teammate Destiny Adams all-time scoring record at Manchester of 2,010 points.
Quigley was a freshman when Adams achieved the milestone during the covid shortened year on 03/06/2021. Against the same opponent Jackson Memorial, Adams scored 50 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. Quigley did not score 50, but did pull down 24 rebounds.
“I came a long way from where I am now to where I was when I first came here,” Quigley said. “It was not something I thought would happen getting my 2,000 points. I felt I would get my 1k but 2k is crazy.”
The possibility of reaching 2,000 points might have seemed dim after her freshman year. Due to covid, she only scored 166 points in 15 games. The possibility started to turn into reality for Quigley who became the primary scoring option as a junior for Manchester as she averaged 34.9 points per game, finishing with 977 points on the season.
During her junior season she scored 40 or more points 12 times and has accomplished that three times this season already. Quigley, who is committed to play at NC State, not only has improved as one of the best scorers in the Shore Conference, but she has become a leader whose team brings the same energy level that she does.
“She has shown improvement every single year, but also shown it in ways to fit in the needs,” Manchester coach Dave Beauchemin said. “It starts in practice and the daily adjustments we were making last year and things we were doing that for her are very fundamental and she was able to endure all that and never complained and never lacked the right mind set.”
In a game in which Quigley scored 63% of her team's points, the first 5 came from Kylie Miller who helped Manchester get out to a 7-0 lead on the Jaguars. Quigley would finish with 9 in the 1st quarter and 22 in the 1st half. Quigley uncharacteristically missed five foul shots in the first half, but went 6-for-6 in the 2nd half.
“The biggest thing this year was how we can help this player's success. Last year we saw places where certain players struggled. That's what we did today, where can we put our players to make them the most successful. Kylie Miller is an example of that. I do not know how many points she had in this game but she had a big game for us and had the first few points of the game for us.”
In the second half Manchester created several turnovers, one which led to a Quigley drive to the basket for her 2,000 point. Quigley, who uncharacteristically missed five foul shots in the first half, went 6-for-6 in the 2nd half.
“She came into the covid shortened year and was more of a facilitator to things we wanted to do with Destiny (Adams) then in her sophomore year her role grew and the ball was in her hands more and attacking the basket,” Beauchemin said. “Then the jump we had last year and what we have this year, I do not know that anyone thought that would be the trajectory besides her.”
Quigley currently sits 12th on the all-time scoring list with 2,010 points, trailing Point Boro star Kelly Hughes who finished her career in 2013 with 2,588 points. Needing 578 points to tie the record, she is more focused at the next task at hand.
“I have big aspirations for me and this team and this by far my favorite team I have ever been on,” Quigley said. “Right now it is one game at a time. We play Ranney Saturday and they are a good team and it will be a hard game.”