Monroe’s Brunelle passes 1,000-career rebound mark in win over Skyline

Hitting career milestones earlier than usual is starting to become part for the course for Sam Brunelle.


Thursday night in a 68-47 win in road game against Skyline, she yanked down 24 rebounds, surpassing 1,000 career boards. She’d needed 27 going into last week’s win over Manassas Park, but didn’t get there in the 54-12 win after sitting out the second half with Monroe up big.


Those 24 boards against Skyline got her there, and she also poured n 39 points, blocked three shots and snagged three steals while dishing out three assists.


Freshman point guard Hailey Morris also had a big night with 17 points, two assists and a pair of steals. Emma Pickett scores six points and Jenna Velasquez chipped in four.


Brunelle is also on pace currently at 29.5 points per game to potentially get to 2,000 career points either late this year with a deep playoff run or early next year. She crossed the 1,500-career point mark earlier this season and now has more than 1,700 points.


For some historical perspective as Brunelle keeps moving forward, she starts to enter rarified air in the VHSL record book. The record for most career points by a girls basketball player in the state is is Phoebus’ LaKeisha Frett who wrapped her career in 1993. Locally, Andrea Barbour is the all-time leading scorer with 2,482 career points, good for sixth all time in the VHSL.


On the rebounding front, Frett is also the all-time VHSL leader with 1,556 total boards. Locally, the all-time leader is likely Covenant grad Emily Maupin’s 1,778 mark, with the highest recorded local public school mark being former William Monroe standout Shawnette Brock, who finished her career in 1987 with 1,258 rebounds.


Brunelle’s 450 boards in 2015 rank second all-time for a single season in the VHSL record book.