Brittney McNamara sets single season 3-point record for Lorain County

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Elyria Catholic’s Brittany McNamara shoots a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter against Avon during the season. Last week the senior broke the Lorain County single-season 3-point record against Mogadore in the Division III Barberton District Final. McNamara had three 3-pointers in the game, but it was her first that surpassed Columbia’s Jamie Krivak and North Ridgeville’s Ashley Montgomery, who made 56 3s in one season in 1997 and 2011, respectively.

As soon as Brittney McNamara stepped onto the court freshman year for open gym, Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery told her she’s going to be a program-changer.

Three deep postseason runs and a ton of 3-pointers later — he was right.

Last week the senior broke the Lorain County single-season 3-point record against Mogadore in the Division III Barberton District Final.

McNamara had three 3-pointers in the game, but it was her first that surpassed Columbia’s Jamie Krivak and North Ridgeville’s Ashley Montgomery, who made 56 3s in one season in 1997 and 2011, respectively.

“It’s pretty cool,” McNamara said. “People talk about breaking records but you don’t really ever see anyone do it. It’s pretty awesome to put my name down in the history books. I always wanted to do something special at Elyria Catholic, but being able to break a record just tops it off.”

Taking long-distance shots are something McNamara has been working on since the third grade when she first started playing basketball.

“For my AAU team I knew I wasn’t going to be as lucky to be 6-foot-3,” McNamara said with a laugh. “I always played on older teams so I would get better, so I knew that if I wanted to go somewhere with basketball I needed to create something I’m known for.”

So, that’s what she did — she worked on her shot.

And after her sophomore year, McNamara was known for shooting 3s — lots of them.

Just ask Lutheran West.

Against the Longhorns on Dec. 17, McNamara — who was battling flu-like symptoms and a 100-degree fever — made 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

McNamara didn’t shoot the ball well in pregame warm-ups and the first half, but that didn’t stop her from taking shots in the second half.

After sinking her first 3, she made another.

Then another.

And another.

McNamara had made five straight 3s – a county record — and eight for the game — another county record.

She finished with 26 points in the 67-39 win.

“That was a pretty amazing half of basketball when she knocked down eight 3s in a half,” Rothgery said. “She knows how to get shots and she knows how to make shots.”

McNamara’s memorable night against Lutheran West put her at 32 3-pointers on the season, 25 away from breaking the record.

But that wasn’t even on McNamara’s mind as she didn’t know what the record was until her dad and Rothgery told her all about it.

After hearing what the record was, McNamara was hoping she would get it. Of course, though, winning was her top priority.

The Panthers were able to do that and more, crushing last season’s win total by 13 games to finish at 21-5. Elyria Catholic breezed through its first three games of the tournament before falling to Mogadore, 50-39, in the district finals.

It was the last game in the high school career of McNamara, whose record-setting day — and season — was a little bittersweet.

“I would honestly give the three records that I broke all away to play one more time with those girls and for coach Rothgery,” McNamara said. “I would give everything to play for them again. It is a little bittersweet that I got the record and then we lost.”

Her coach was thinking the same thing.

“Records are always nice,” Rothgery said. “I know it was a goal of hers so I’m happy she was able to meet that goal, but I’m sure she would’ve rather won the game the other night.”

McNamara will graduate in the spring before heading to Chesnut Hill College — a Division II Catholic college in Northwestern Philadelphia — to continue her education and playing career.

Last Updated: 3/7/2013 11:31:22 PM EST

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