BH hoops standout reaches 1,000 career points

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By Judy Bass

Canton’s Margarita (Meg) Delaporta, a senior captain on the Blue Hills Regional Technical School girls’ basketball team, scored her 1,000th career point in an away game against Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School on Friday, February 7.

Meg Delaporta

Meg Delaporta

That remarkable achievement is just one more notable milestone in this young woman’s career on the court.

A four-year starter for Blue Hills, Delaporta is one of three superb players on the girls’ varsity team to come in as a freshman, along with Michaela Adams and Sinead Dacko. Together, they have achieved stunning success, including back-to-back state vocational titles and a perfect regular season record in 2013. The Lady Warriors are also the two-time defending champions in the Mayflower Conference Large Division and enter play this week with an overall record of 18-0. In fact, since the start of the 2011-12 season, the girls have lost just five times, posting an incredible .929 winning percentage (65-5).

And key to this success has been the stellar play of Delaporta, a three-time all star who plays three different positions — point guard, shooting guard and small forward — and has a career scoring average in double figures. She is also a great leader and an “unselfish” player, according to head coach Tom McGrath.

“Meg is an exceptional basketball player, but an even more exceptional person,” McGrath said. “She has been a leader on and off the court since day one.”

Delaporta said she had mixed emotions as she approached the 1,000-point mark.

“I was feeling excited to reach a goal that is shared by some talented Blue Hills basketball players,” she said. “At the same time, I was glad to finally hit the shot that put me over 1,000 because the pressure as it gets closer is tough to deal with because it starts to change your game.”

“When someone reaches a scoring mark like 1,000 points, you know that doesn’t happen by yourself,” she continued. “It takes everybody to make that happen, from the girls rebounding, setting picks, running the fast break, or the coach busting me to practice my free throws. I know it sounds [like a] cliché, but if the whole team doesn’t contribute, then I wouldn’t have even gotten close to scoring 1,000.”

Delaporta, who is studying health assisting at Blue Hills, is planning to attend college in the fall with hopes of studying athletic training and continuing her basketball career.

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