In the first game of the PSAL season, Nicole Melious drained 57 points in a Susan Wagner 79-48 victory over CSI HS/McCown to surpass the 1000-point mark for total points in her high school basketball career.
Now, Melious is 260 points away from the 2000-point milestone, with five regular season tilts remaining. So, if the 5-foot-9 junior averages 52 points per game, she will hit the mark, putting her in rarified air. But that is a lofty goal indeed.
However, the Lady Falcons are just about a lock to play at least one playoff game, giving her more of a chance to achieve 2000 points.
Last Friday, Melious scored 27 second half points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter, to help Wagner edge New Dorp, 68-65.
Currently, the Georgia Tech commit is averaging 41 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Plus, she leads the PSAL in total points, 10th in helpers, and is tops in free throw percentage at 92.
In the month of January, in league action, Melious has posted two 50-plus, two 40-plus, two 30-plus points games, and five straight double-doubles (seven overall).
Melious, who also plays for the AAU Hoopers NY, has led the Lady Falcons to a 16-3 record and a top 25 ranking in New York.
Giving her remarkable performance during the 2021-22 campaign, several high school hoop insiders are considering Melious for the Gatorade New York State Player of the Year Award.
For now, Melious will keep doing what she does best: lighting up the scoreboard while helping to lead Wagner to victory.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: Nicole Melious and Georgia Tech Womens’ Head Coach Nell Fortner.