December 8, 2021

Wilbur reaches 1K pts. for Eagle

McGraw routs Otselic Valley

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Wilbur (center) celebrates moments after scoring the 1,000th point of her high school basketball career.

McGRAW — Everyone knew it would come early Monday night as the McGraw girls’ varsity basketball team played host to Otselic Valley in Central Counties League action.

While the Eagles had little trouble in the 56-17 victory over the visiting Vikings, all eyes were on Karissa Wilbur.

With 2:48 left in the first quarter, Wilbur worked a little give-and-go play with Alexis Stiles. On the return pass, Wilbur easily put the ball in the basket as the junior guard notched the 1,000th point of her career. She was immediately swarmed by her teammates as the game was halted for the crowd to
take in the H.S. Girls’ Basketball moment for a girls basketball program that is in just its fifth year of existence. Wilbur has been there ever since she joined the team as an eighth grader.

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

McGraw’s Karissa Wilbur (12) puts the ball up for the 1,000th point of her career Monday night. Wilbur scored 17 points as the Eagles defeated Otselic Valley, 56-17, in Central Counties League girls’ basketball action at McGraw Central School.

“It feels great,” Wilbur said of reaching the coveted scoring mark. “It really feels amazing. When you’re younger you never really think that it will happen, but it feels good to reach this point. It is a nice accomplishment. My Dad’s helped me through it all.”

Wilbur’s father was there for the moment, in fact, he is the coach of the team and he certainly is a proud father.

“This has been a long time coming,” Jason Wilbur said. “It’s certainly better now because we were nervous at the start of the game. We knew Karissa had a shot at 1,000 points after she scored 337 points last year. It put the goal in range this season.” “It was even more special that he is here,” Karissa Wilbur said. “He really helped me get to this point.”

Among the crowd were three other people who helped mold Karissa Wilbur into the player she is.

“Her AAU coaches were here tonight,” Coach Wilbur said. “They were part of a big crowd.”

Those AAU coaches were the current Cortland High JV coach Janice Meyer, Ed Dow Jr. and Steve Sovocool. Meyer is not just one of her AAU coaches, but she is also the trainer for the junior.

Karissa Wilbur finished with 17 points while teammate Emily Fish netted a game high 18 points. McGraw improves to 6-3 in the league and 8-8 overall. The next goal is to get a home game for sectionals. The Eagles made sectionals last year for the first time.

“We are looking for that first sectional home game,” Coach Wilbur said. “We have done well so far this season. We do have a shot at 12 wins.”

It was a close first quarter, but McGraw held a 10-7 lead. Karissa Wilbur netted seven points in the second quarter as the lead grew to 25-9 halftime. Elyssa Fish and Wilbur each scored six points during third quarter play to give the Eagles a 44-11 cushion. Emily Fish pumped in eight points in the fourth quarter.

Leah Kalin led Otselic Valley (1-9 league, 1-2 overall) with nine points. Cassidy Will added six points.

McGraw will be back in action Thursday. The Eagles will host Stockbridge Valley at 6 p.m. before completing this three game homestand with Madison Monday at 6 p.m.