And during those practices Preston said he’s so fond of, Haight said, he demands things are done the right way.
“He’ll make you do it over and over until he sees you perform it correctly,” she said.
Added Maidens: “He’s so experienced. He knows everything in the book because he’s been coaching so long. He spends so much time on it.”
For a brief time in the fourth quarter, it appeared as if Preston might have to wait until next year to get the record.
Though his team held a 14-point lead to start the final quarter, Stamford senior Cassie Ehrhart hit a pair of threes from the top of the key early in the period, the second cutting the Indians’ deficit to 42-32.
Six more Stamford points followed as a driving layup by Erin Hull was sandwiched between 4-for-4 free throw shooting by Naleah Meier. When Meier hit two free throws with 2:59 left, the Indians trailed, 42-38.
But Kassie Jeffers, who had 10 assists and five steals, hit a pair of free throws with 2:12 left and Maidens made a layup off an assist from Cassie Wubbenhorst with 1:35 to go as Davenport’s lead expanded to 46-38.
Ehrhart finished with 13 points, and Hull and Caitlin Moser had eight apiece for the 14th-seeded Indians, who finished their season at 10-8.
Sixth-seeded Candor (8-9), a 47-30 winner over Hunter-Tannersville on Tuesday, will travel to third-seeded Davenport on Friday.
“We are very capable of going all the way,” Maidens said. “Everyone loves basketball and everyone wants to go far.”
Preston’s accomplishment will be recognized from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the school cafeteria. It is open to the public. For more information, call Donna Calhoun at 607-278-5507.
Rob Centorani can be reached at email@example.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 209.