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Parkston's Malloy named player of the week

It took Parkston senior Maggie Malloy just one game in her senior season to do something she has been working on for six years. Malloy, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward, broke Parkston's all-time scoring record on Dec. 4 in the Trojan's season opener. Sh...

It took Parkston senior Maggie Malloy just one game in her senior season to do something she has been working on for six years.

Malloy, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward, broke Parkston's all-time scoring record on Dec. 4 in the Trojan's season opener. She scored 21 points in Parkston's 70-35 win over the Flyers.

Those 21 points knocked Malloy up to 1,501 in her six-year career and put her ahead of the previous record of 1,479, set in 2005 by Lacey Powell.

Malloy didn't stop after breaking the record. She has been a consistent leader for the Trojans and has scored in the double digits in all four of their games so far.

For her efforts so far this season and her record-breaking performance on Dec. 4, Malloy has been named The Daily Republic's Player of the Week, as voted on by the newspaper's sports staff.

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Since Parkston's first game was on the road, Trojans coach Rob Van Laecken said that his team honored Malloy on Dec. 10 when Parkston opened its home season against Hanson.

"That hasn't been an easy thing, we've had nine girls break 1,000 points since girls basketball started, so it's a very well-earned award," Van Laecken said. "It only happens once in a lifetime to break an all-time school record, so it's always special."

Malloy said that she knew she was close to breaking the record before the season started, but it was a still a big moment for her heading into her final season with the Trojans.

"It was awesome," she said. "It was definitely a special moment."

The all-time scoring record is not the only one Malloy holds at Parkston. She also owns the record for most assists in a game (11) and most free throws made in a season (113).

Malloy's big first-game performance was not a one-time occurrence. She scored a team-high 14 points in a 64-30 win over Tea Area on Dec. 8 and posted a game-high 18 points in the Trojan's 50-49 loss to Hanson on Dec. 10. She also grabbed 10 rebounds against the Beavers.

She rounded out the week with 21 points and nine rebounds in a 66-33 win over Chamberlain on Dec. 14 to help lead Parkston to a 3-1 record so far this season.

"Coming into the season we knew we'd be a decent team," Malloy said. "We have a lot of talented girls and they're fun to work with. We have great team chemistry, and that makes it really fun."

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Malloy, who has been on the varsity team since seventh grade and a full-time starter since her freshmen year -- although she got the nod to start on several occasions her eighth grade year -- is a very important part of her team, and has been since day one, according to Van Laecken.

"(Maggie) is a great girl in transition offense and getting the ball up the court, and she's very valuable in breaking the press," said Van Laecken, who is in his 32nd season as head coach at Parkston. "Her presence on the floor many times brings what I call special defense against us: box-and-one, triangle-and-two. The reason they try special defense is to try and stop her."

Parkston finished 13-8 last season. It hasn't been to state since 2005 when it finished fourth and Malloy was named to the all-tournament team. She has also been second-team all-state the past two seasons and an all conference pick since her freshmen year.

Malloy said she's happy with her performances so far this season, and hopes she can get her team back to the tournament one more time.

"I'm actually really pleased with how I've been doing," she said. "It's nice that when someone's not having a good night, someone else steps up. That's nice to have. We hope to go far this year, and I think we'll make it to the state tournament."

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