This night was inevitable. Not a question of if, but when. Joseph Girard III was so far ahead of the scoring pace that 4,000 career points is in play for the Glens Falls junior. Catching Lance Stephenson on the New York state scoring list almost started to feel like a formality on Girard’s way to putting up numbers that not too long ago would have been laughable. In fact, they still are.

As Girard and Glens Falls took the floor Tuesday night in Amsterdam, he stood 39 points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer in New York. At no point this season had Girard been held below 44 points so, like I said, history seemed inevitable. And it was.

With less than two minutes to play in the game, Girard, now tied with Stephenson at 2,946 points, drove hard to the basket and got fouled. History was literally on the line and number 11 calmly knocked down both free throws, the first of which made him the greatest scorer the state has ever seen.

After Tuesday night’s 44 point performance, Girard stands at 2,952 career points and with a season average of nearly 50 points per game, 3,000 is on the table for the Indians next game on Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Again, with a full season-plus still in his high school career. Remarkable.

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