Unselfish Hutson unaware of milestone
Although some star basketball players are unselfish, most are aware when a significant scoring milestone is on the horizon.
That wasn’t the case when Newton Falls senior Bree Hutson eclipsed 1,000 career points.
Hutson surpassed the mark on senior night. It was Jan. 16, during a 66-33 victory over Badger. She needed 14 points entering the contest to reach 1,000, but it was a surprise to Hutson when the game was stopped to recognize her accomplishment.
“She had no idea she was even close,” Newton Falls coach Mark Baker said. “It’s always been, ‘we before me’ with Bree. She is probably one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever had. Maybe sometimes to a fault. She was always willing, and wanting, to see somebody succeed before herself. She always wanted to make someone else look good. Anything that she gets on top of that is just a bonus.
“She had 13 points at halftime. I told her parents she needed one more for 1,000. She hit a free throw early in the third quarter, and everyone erupted. I wanted to magnify the moment for her. I called timeout. She took pictures and celebrated with her teammates.”
Bree is the third Hutson to play basketball for the Tigers after her sisters Autumn and Destinee. She was the first to break 1,000, but she had to break Autumn’s school record for assists in a game with 13.
“Growing up, my dad and I talked about how cool and fun it would be to score 1,000 points,” she said. “So, it’s always been a goal. But it wasn’t something that I thought about. It just kind of happened naturally.
“I didn’t even know I was close when it happened. I really love getting my teammates involved in the game.”
Hutson did that to the tune of setting a new school record for career assists with 380. She set the record in a season with 124 her junior year.
Hutson also broke the record for career steals with 325. She finished with 1,228 points and 625 rebounds which put her in the top five for her career.
Hutson, like her play on the court, made sure to share the spotlight of her accomplishments with her teammates, highlighting the memories they made over the years.
“My favorite memory is just playing basketball with the other four seniors for so long,” Hutson said. “We’ve been playing together since the third grade.”
The five seniors (Hutson, Courtney Hankins, Jalynn Nicholas, Madison Haidet, Morgan Bryner) for Newton Falls (16-7) navigated a COVID-19 hampered season all the way to their Division IV district championship game where they fell to eventual state runners up McDonald.
“The season was definitely a different one,” Hutson said. “We didn’t even get to practice before our first game. We got used to everything we had to deal with and had a good season.”
Hutson plays volleyball too and was first-team all-district. She has been first-team all-league and all-district in basketball as well, but aside from setting records on the court, Hutson is also a tremendous student. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 3.9 GPA.
“I really enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball,” Hutson said. ” I’m sad that it’s over, but I’m ready to move on. I’m going to YSU in the fall and I’m majoring in respiratory therapy.”