In the wake of Parise Rossignol’s 49-point scoring night for Van Buren last week and references to some of the state’s highest-scoring schoolgirl basketball games on record, two more accounts have surfaced.
The first pointed out that Liz Coffin of Ashland scored 53 points, and grabbed 31 rebounds, on Dec. 22, 1982, in a 101-37 victory over Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook. Coffin went on to become a University of Maine women’s basketball star.
The account of her 53-point game appeared in the Dec. 23 edition of the Bangor Daily News.
That 53-point effort now appears to be the top point production single game for girls since the sport was awarded its own state tournament in the mid-1970s, but that’s pending any new information that might come to light.
The second notice came in a mailing from Stella Waterman McLean, the former University of Maine at Farmington coach who played for New Gloucester.
As a senior on Jan. 17, 1950, McLean poured in 63 points against Pennell Institute of Gray.
That was under the original six-player setup, with three players on each side of half-court, three on offense and three on defense.
McLean’s game places her second among the top single-game scorers now known, behind 72 by Anna [or Anita, depending on the source] Belanger of Mattawamkeag in 1954.
McLean, talking to Waterville Sentinel staff writer Larry Grard in 1994, said she prefers the way girls and women play the game now.
She also said of Rossignol, “My congratulations to her and to her future.”