THORNDIKE — At 5 feet 3 inches, one could image Hannah Coolen getting lost in a crowd, but over and over, especially in athletics, her incredible talent and tenacity have created larger-than-life, better-than-most performances.

One such moment came on Wednesday night, Jan. 26 as the Mount View High School senior became only the second girl in school history to reach 1,000 basketball points for a career.

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen, right, shares flowers and a moment with her mom, Sharon. Photo by Ken Waltz

Coolen, one of the Midcoast’s finest all-around student-athletes, needed 11 points to reach the illustrious mark when she stepped on the floor to face visiting Leavitt of Turner. And when the night ended the hard-charging Mustang had 12 points, including the career-changing two on a drive to the hoop with 5:38 left in the fourth quarter.

Those points pushed her past 1,000.

Coolen said she felt the additional stress during the game, but when the basket came that put her over the top, she was relieved and thrilled. “I was really excited, I just felt relief,” she said.

When Coolen reached the coveted milestone the game was stopped and she was presented flowers and the game ball. Spectators, who encouraged her throughout the game, held balloons shaped as the number 1,000, while others flashed homemade signs. After the game there were baked treats — even cupcakes with little basketballs on top — and plenty of photos to be taken.

Mount View’s Syd Vogel, left, and Leavitt’s Alicia Bergeron. Photo by Ken Waltz

To make the game more meaningful, Emily Ellis, the first Mustang girl to reach 1,000 points, was on hand to congratulate Coolen.

Of course, while the focus was on Coolen’s quest for 1,000 points, the Hornets and Mustang also were embroiled in a competitive late-season court affair, which ended in a 44-35 win for the hosts. With the win in the makeup game, Mount View improved to 5-7.

Coolen, the heart-and-soul of her Mustang sports teams since she was a freshman, said she was nervous about the night and her quest, especially since several recent games were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. So she had additional time to think about what lie ahead.

Spectators share the 1,000-point love with Mount View’s Hannah Coolen. Photo by Ken Waltz

However, on Wednesday, in front of her adoring home crowd, she did all she could to help her team win, while also scoring points in the flow of the game. In fact, she assisted on many of her teammates’ baskets, all of which proved crucial to the victory.

“Hannah works hard to make the rest of the team better,” said Mustang coach Mark Cooper. “Her teammates know that they have to run with their hands ready because they never know when a pass will be coming their way.”

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen. Photo by Ken Waltz

Of course, all of that earlier game action was the prelude to the highly-anticipated moment when Coolen, as she has done hundreds of times before, dribbled hard to the hoop for a score in the fourth quarter.

“I am just really excited,” she said. “I just took it a game at a time and didn’t really think about it. I just played as a team and just let it come to me.”

Only five MVHS basketball players have reached 1,000 points, those being Ellis, Coolen, David Heslam, Kevin Roberts and John Herbert.

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen, with ball, and her teammates. Photo by Ken Waltz

Cooper said it was a special night. “If I was to write a script on how a perfect 1,000-point game should go, [this] game was it,” he said. “Packed gym, loud fans, close game, the team working together and the 1,000th point not coming until the fourth quarter at the most opportune time. Also, having Emily Ellis able to attend and present the game ball to Hannah was super special too.”

Also a standout soccer and softball player — she annually is among the MaineStay Media/VillageSoup top athlete-of-the-year considerations — Coolen tallied four points in the first quarter, two in the second and four more in the third before her hoop in the fourth.

Mount View’s Kayleigh Dunton. Photo by Ken Waltz

Despite her shorter stature, Coolen, who grew up playing on boy-dominated youth hoop teams, is known for her bulldog attitude, impressive ball skills, three-point shooting and fearless drives to the hoop against much larger and taller opponents.

In Wednesday’s game, Mount View led 18-8, 25-19 and 32-24 at the quarter breaks.

Coolen led the charge with 12 points, while Kricket Thompson, who at 6-3 is the team’s tallest player while Coolen is among the shortest, tallied 10. Ari Bradeen added nine points; Savannah Lorenz, six; Syd Vogel, four; and Kayleigh Dunton, three.

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Mustangs finished 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the line and Dunton had the team’s lone trey.

For the Hornets, who played strong defense against Coolen in an effort to make her earn her points (the visitors often double- and triple-teamed her) Jill Pelletier tallied 17 points; Caitlyn McCoy, 11; Jazzlyn Clark, four; and Katie Blovin, three. The squad was 2-of-7 (29 percent) from the free-throw line and had four three-pointers, including two from Pelletier.

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen is introduced before the game. Photo by Ken Waltz

Coach Cooper said Coolen, the daughter of Sharon and Roger Coolen of Unity, makes those around her perform at a higher level and is one of the hardest workers his program has seen. He said she has attended each practice, game, and event, even over the summer. She “coaches” the younger players during the summer basketball program.

“She is looked up to by the younger players as a positive role model and someone they want to be like on and off the court,” the coach said.

Coolen said she initially thought about enrolling and playing sports at Husson University in Bangor after high school, but instead will attend the University of Southern Maine, where she does not plan to continue her athletic career.

“She has been a real pleasure for me to coach these past four seasons,” Cooper said.