Needing seven points to join the elusive 1,000-point scorers club, the senior (pictured right) reached the milestone in the first quarter of the championship game against Sleepy Hollow at the Horsemen’s home tournament. Sleepy Hollow coach Nick Romeo stopped play and presented Castaldo with the ball as a keepsake.
The University of Maryland at Baltimore County commit finished the night with 20 points as her Vikings also claimed top honors at the tournament for the second consecutive year at the hosts’ expense. If Castaldo, who is now at 1,013 points for her career, averages 20 points each game for the remainder of the regular season (15 games), she will leave Clarkstown South as the 19th-greatest scorer in Rockland County history.
Castaldo averaged 20.5 PPG last year and the Vikings were a playoff team, as they should be this year.
Clarsktown South first-year coach Brian Metcalf called Romeo “an absolute gentleman” for stopping play to let Castaldo have her moment. Of his standout forward, Metcalf said, “she works very hard for everything she gets.”
Castaldo’s former coach and Metcalf’s predecessor, Jennifer Chiera-Frank was in attendance to witness the senior’s milestone. Following the game, Castaldo was named MVP of the tournament.