OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Hannah Crist spent four seasons establishing herself as one of the top girls' basketball players in Greencastle-Antrim High School history.
Now in the next phase of her career, Crist has solidified her place among the best to ever play at Stevenson University.
Recently, Crist became just the fifth player to score 1,000 career points for the Mustangs, who compete at the NCAA Division-III level in women's basketball.
The senior at Stevenson surpassed the milestone during a 16-point performance on Jan. 29.
"I’m so grateful to have this experience in my college career after having a great high school experience," Crist said. "I couldn’t have done this without all of my coaches throughout the years and teammates in addition to my family giving me endless support. Starting college I wasn’t sure how possible getting 1,000 points was, but after seeing two of my teammates achieve it, I knew I was capable if I worked hard."
As a Blue Devil, Crist scored 1,244 points, placing her third on the girls' all-time list at G-A. The 2016 high school graduate was an instrumental player in helping Greencastle build a prominent program, helping lead the Blue Devils to three straight Mid-Penn Colonial Division titles, a District 3 championship and consecutive appearances in the PIAA tournament.
Fast forward to 2020, and the daughter of Lew and Michele Crist remains a staple scorer — just at a higher level.
"The biggest difference is the amount of time that is put into basketball," Hannah explained about playing in college. "Yes, academics come first at the level I play, but that calls for more late nights in the gym. Between lifts, film, player development sessions along with practice, my weeks are full on top of classes and homework."
Twenty-one games into her senior season, Crist is averaging 11 points per night while leading Stevenson with 38 made 3-pointers.
Known for her range, Crist is also closing in on Stevenson's 3-point record, needing less than 10 for the mark.
Needless to say, the name Hannah Crist has become pretty recognizable around campus in Owings Mills, Maryland.
"Now that I am a senior and able to look back on beginning college, I appreciate the opportunity to go live in a new city and meet new people," Crist said. "I didn’t know anyone before attending Stevenson, but now I have friends and mentors that helped me become who I am today."
The journey has also included a solid support system.
"My parents were my biggest supporters through all my years," Crist acknowledged. "In high school my mom would drive me to AAU practice an hour-and-a-half away two times a week. They also have not missed many games, and this year they have been to every one, even in Ohio. Overall, every coach I’ve had starting from travel basketball in third grade to now has pushed me to become a better player."
Crist, who is majoring in nursing and has accepted a position in a scholar's program at the University of Maryland Medical Center as an RN after graduation, has also continued acting as a role model to her younger sister Lydia — who happens to be a freshman teammate of Hannah's at Stevenson.
"I’ve enjoyed my senior year having her as a teammate again," Hannah said. "Being three years apart, we’ve only had the opportunity to play on the same team twice (they were teammates at G-A). It’s a unique situation as I get an extra support system so close to me. I’m glad I have a little sister that looks up to me so much and dedicates her time to make me better as well as pushing herself."
Currently, the Mustangs are 11-10 overall with four regular season games remaining. Stevenson's next game is Feb. 12 against Messiah.
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