She’ll tack on another significant accomplishment to a list of many, and Maryland School for the Deaf junior guard Crystal Salit quickly turns her focus to another goal.
“She always wants more,” Orioles coach Elena Ciccarelli said. “[She] wants more practice, wants more games, wants more scrimmages — always.”
That kind of drive manifested itself through some torrid shooting Monday at MSD, where Salit nailed an Orioles single-game record seven 3-pointers in her team’s 66-45 victory over Carroll Christian.
“I was very comfortable shooting,” Salit said. “I knew I was going to score. I had a lot of confidence in my shot tonight.”
In a game against North Hagerstown last December, Salit tied the single-game record of six 3-pointers that former teammate Rajena Guettler set last season. Salit said that Guettler wanted her to break the record, and when asked if she’d text Guettler to break the news, Salit smiled before saying, “Of course, I will.”
The combination of Salit and Citrine Lummer combined to score 21 points in the first half against Carroll Christian on Monday, helping stake the Orioles (17-5) to a 33-28 lead. By then, Salit had hit just two 3-pointers, but a full-court trapping defense started forcing Patriots turnovers in the third quarter and helped MSD’s offense get into a nice rhythm.
Salit, who finished with 27 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals, then went on a scoring binge with 4 minutes, 46 seconds left in the third quarter. Over the next 2:46, she nailed four 3-pointers.
It became apparent that her teammates and several fans in the bleachers were well aware of Salit needing just one more 3 to break Guettler’s record as a loud roar filled the gym when Salit hit her final shot from beyond the arc with less than 2 minutes left in the game.
Salit received some help from Lummer, who drew double-teams when she received passes in the low post but kicked the ball out to the perimeter, where Salit often found herself wide open.
Lummer finished with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals while Hannah Weiss and Ariella Zfati each grabbed five rebounds for the Orioles, who watched their lead balloon to 19 by the end of the third quarter.
“The whole team helped me,” Salit said. “There were screens for me. It made me reach my goal. If not for the team, I wouldn’t have made it.”
After the game, Salit was handed a sheet of paper that showed she now holds her school’s career, single-season and single-game 3-point field goals records — all marks she set this season.
“That’s what I wanted — I wanted all three,” said Salit, a second-team All-County pick in softball who also plays volleyball and runs track for MSD. “It’s a big accomplishment for me.”
After the game, Salit expressed a desire to break Emelia Beldon’s MSD single-season assist record.
“I love helping my teammates,” she said.
Salit has played basketball since she was 4, and she started to establish herself as a sharpshooter at around age 13. Ciccarelli estimates that Salit takes about 100 3-pointers per day during practice. Salit is the only deaf player on her AAU team.
“Even when we don’t have practice, she’s there practicing in the gym — shooting and shooting and shooting,” Ciccarelli said.