Beyond the Arc: Scoring records are likely to fall
McConnellsburg’s Bronwyne Mellott has been turning heads in District 5 since she stepped onto the basketball court her freshman year.
Now four years later, Mellott is inching closer to a pair of milestones she’s had her sights on since she was little.
As of Wednesday night, Mellott was just 27 points away from hitting her 2,000th point, and could reach the milestone at home Thursday evening against Southern Fulton. She would be the first Lady Spartan to do so since Marla McElhaney in 1991.
McElhaney also holds the school’s all-time scoring record with 2,281, which is also within Mellott’s reach.
Record watch continued: Greencastle-Antrim’s Jenay Faulkner is 20 points away from breaking the school’s all-time scoring record (1,612), which has been held for more than 23 years by David Hann.
“It hasn’t been in my mind really; I kind of forgot about it,” Faulkner said. “That was my next goal after breaking the girls record but I didn’t know I was this close, so realizing that is pretty cool.”
Southern Fulton’s Olivia Mottern is also close to breaking the school’s all-time scoring record; she's 85 points from Macey Hollenshead’s 2014 record of 1,631.
Rising up: After a six-win season last year, the Fannett-Metal girls basketball team has already exceeded expectations in 2016/17, and has no intention of slowing down thanks to a starting lineup full of experience and chemistry.
The Tigers boast seven scorers who have put up double-digit performances this season, led by Ally Hoffmann, who averages more than 13 points per game. But lately sophomore Katie Johns has stepped up to become a well-rounded threat.
Johns has scored in double figures in five of the team’s last six games, and has earned back-to-back double-doubles.
“She put in a lot of time over the summer and we are really excited about her,” Fannett-Metal coach Todd Best said. “When she started the season we weren’t quite seeing the results we were hoping for, so she got some more playing time on JV and that increased some confidence.
“In the last few games here she has been a key component for us being able to win some ball games. She can grab rebounds and put the ball through the hoop, and we are excited to develop that part of our game. We are hoping she can become the third prong of the attack with Ally and Taylor (Coffman).”
Monday, Fannett-Metal earned a big non-league win over Shalom Christian, pumping the team’s confidence even more as the Tigers embark on a tough stretch in the second half of the season with playoff hopes alive.