Forget Kobe Bryant…
Manhattan girls hoops star Epiphanny Prince scored 113 points Wednesday in a game for her Murry Bergtraum High School team – making Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game look like child’s play.
“I guess this is just once in a lifetime,” said Prince, 17, of Brooklyn. “This is amazing to me.”
The 5-foot-10 senior hit an incredible 54 out of 60 shots in leading her team to a 137-32 rout of Louis Brandeis High School.
It was only after the final whistle blew that Prince found out she had shattered the girls high school record set by the legendary Cheryl Miller, who went off for 105 points in a 1982 contest.
“When I found out I broke the record, I just started smiling,” Prince said. “I couldn’t stop smiling.”
The triple-digit display came an hour after Prince told her coach she was getting bored of playing against much weaker competition.
Coach Ed Grezinsky challenged her to play her best game every time she steps on the court – and she took the advice to heart. “We didn’t plan this,” Grezinsky said. “She just scored like crazy.”
The opposing coach whined after the game that Grezinsky allowed Prince to “pour it on” just to seek the record… A charge Grezinsky did not deny. — And good for her.
Apparently though, Prince is no stranger to beating up the competition:
The record-setting performance caps a turbulent year of redemption for Prince, who went on trial last spring for her role in a brawl outside a Brooklyn supermarket.
Prince was eventually acquitted of third-degree assault and third-degree menacing charges. She was found guilty of a lesser charge of harassment and sentenced to 15 days of community service.
Perhaps this event will help convince her that hard work reaps great rewards.