By Thomas Sellers Jr.
When TRA junior guard Megan Sanfratello stepped to the line against the Magnolia Heights, she set at 999 career points.
“I was at the free throw line and I had missed like every single free throw,” Sanfratello recalled. “I missed the first one and I was like, ‘Oh this is not going to be good.’”
Sanfratello is the first to admit that free throw shooting and a few missed layup prolonged the 1,000-point achievement. The irony of a foul shot being the chance to reach the milestone didn’t escape the thoughts of Sanfratello.
“Took the second free throw and it banked off the rim and went in,” she said. “Everybody went crazy and I was like, ‘Did I just really make that?’ I didn’t realized I was that close until it happened.
“It feels pretty good,” Sanfratello added. “The second girl to do it, so it feels pretty great.”
Sanfratello joined former Lady Rebel Julanne McCommon on the official list of Lady Rebels in the 1,000-point club. Also listed in the school gymnasium for the achievement are former Rebel greats J.T. and Matt Moody.
Sanfratello started her journey to 1,000 points as an eighth grader. Like her brother and former Rebel guard Johnie, both Sanfratellos were known for their sharpshooting.
“Johnie Basketball” was primarily a point guard dishing out assists while finding his shot from time to time. He finished 27 points shy of the 1,000-point mark.
“He said, ‘You already beat me,’” Megan said. “Now I got the bragging rights over him. It humbled him a little bit.”
The Sanfratellos are the greatest brother/sister scoring duo in Rebel Basketball history. Now Megan has her eyes set on increasing her all-time leading scorer total. After the 53-16 win over Magnolia Heights, TRA dominated the Bartlett Lady Panthers 69-29 with Sanfratello scoring double figures.
On Dec. 7, when TRA host Fayette Academy the school will take a moment to recognize her career achievement. With family, friends and supporters expected to be there, one of Megan teammates will be on the court taking notes on the ceremony. Lady Rebel junior Abby West is about 100 points shy of the mark. Down the road players like Brianna Hall will be in the picture for 1,000 career points.
But for now, the latest Lady Rebel to reach the achievement is Sanfratello.
“It doesn’t really feel different right now,” Sanfratello acknowledged. “I honestly don’t feel like I got it.
“Hopefully a bunch of people will be here,” she concluded. “And I feel like it will settle in more when they do the ceremony. It doesn’t even feel like I am near a 1,000. But once I see that basketball it will feel more real.”