Caitlin McMullan 1K

Wildwood Catholic senior Caitlin McMullan (with ball) celebrates scoring her 1000th career point with teammates, coaches and family members after the Crusaders' win over Overbrook at Eastern High School on Sunday.

photo courtesy WCHS girls basketball

Caitlin McMullan became Wildwood Catholic’s latest 1,000-point scorer Sunday afternoon.

The 5-9 Crusader senior guard/forward reached the milestone on a free throw in the first quarter of a 58-26 victory over Overbrook in a South Jersey Invitational Basketball Tournament showcase game at Eastern High School.

McMullan finished with 18 points in the win and exited the game with 1,009 career points. She sank four three-point shots, one two-point field goal and went 4 for 4 from the foul line in the game.

The victory was the 10th straight for Wildwood Catholic, which improved to 19-3 on the season.

Sophomore guard Briel Herbert led the Crusaders with 19 points.

Wildwood Catholic raced out to a 20-4 lead after the opening quarter and was ahead 39-8 at the half.

McMullan, who is averaging 14.7 points per game this season, is set to play college basketball at Division II Goldey-Beacom. She is the 14th girls basketball player to reach 1,000 career points at Wildwood Catholic. One of the previous 1,000-point scorers is current Wildwood Catholic assistant coach Katie Caruso, who finished with 1,126 in 1987.

With the victory, Wildwood Catholic coach Steve DiPatri tied longtime Wildwood coach Dave Troiano as the winningest coach in Cape-Atlantic League girls basketball history. DiPatri improved his career record to 433-112. He’s in his fourth season at Wildwood Catholic after coaching for 16 seasons at now-defunct Sacred Heart. Troiano went 433-186 in 24 seasons in the CAL for Wildwood, which left the league for the Tri-County Conference after the 2001-02 season. Troiano is currently in his 39th season at Wildwood and is 676-323 overall.