Senior night at Catonsville High was extra special for Comet senior Taylor Barton as she reached the 1,000-point scoring milestone she has been craving all season.
It came on a baby hook shot from about six feet away with 3.26 left in the first quarter of the host Comets’ 66-44 triumph over Woodlawn.
“I just chucked that ball up,” said Barton, who finished with a game-high 17 points and now has 1,014 points. “I had no idea that it was going in.”
Earlier this season she surpassed the 600-rebound barrier and is the only one in coach Mike Mohler’s 20-year tenure at Catonsville to reach both milestones.
The only other Comets to have surpassed 1,000 points are Sandy Wasserbach and Shamika Williams.
Although, her hook shot looked unique, it’s something the coach, who won his 400th high school game as head coach on Jan. 27, has seen before.
“She has worked on that (hook) and she’s being using that effectively,” Mohler said.
The basket by the 5-foot-11 Barton, who will play at the University of Mary Washington next season, also gave the Comets a 9-7 first-quarter lead and they never trailed again.
The game was stopped briefly and Mohler presented her with a commemorative ball.
It was also a big relief for Mohler and Barton.
“Actually, I’m happy I set that goal for myself because that has driven me this whole season to play the way that I have,” Barton said. “Now that I have it, I have to set another one so I can keep playing this way.”
Barton may have reached the milestone sooner, but the 19-2 Comets have enjoyed many blowout victories and she has rested in the second half.
“We’ve been keeping track, but I’m glad the distraction is over, well-deserved, but the distraction is over,” Mohler said. “She would have gotten there a lot sooner, but it’s not our system to keep kids in the game. We just don’t do it.”
Now, the focus immediatelyshiftss to Franklin, who the Comets will host at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in a makeup game.
The Comets are currently 10-0 in Division II and the Indians are right behind at 9-1.
The winner of the game will represent the division and play in the Baltimore County championship game against Milford Mill on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m., at SECU Arena on the Towson University campus.
“It’s the way the league is,” Mohler said. “Every game is a one-game playoff. I hate for it to come down to something like that, but it is what it is.”
Catonsville actually trailed Woodlawn 4-0 early, but they rallied for a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to aggressive defense that forced 13 Warrior turnovers.
Breya Wallace, the other senior player who was honored before the game, sparked the rally with four of her six first-half steals ,along with half of her four assists.
“I was fired up because it was senior night,” said Wallace, who makes up for her lack of height (5-foot-4) with quickness and aggressiveness.
“You don’t always have to be the biggest kid on the floor to cause problems,” Mohler said. “She uses her size to an advantage and not a disadvantage.”
Senior public address announcer Stevie Ruppel and senior scorekeeper Anna Higdon, who signed officially to play soccer at Stetson University, were also honored after the game.
Meanwhile, the underclass Comets also represented well against the Warriors.
Junior Renee Gast had 16 points and juniors Maja Wichhart (5 rebounds) and Lauren McDonald (5) combined for 11 rebounds.
Junior, Maya Cooper (8 points), freshman Jen Gast (7) and sophomore Lauren Vogelpohl (6) also contributed in the scoring column.
Woodlawn was led by Destiny Sessoms (14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Bria Coleman (11 points) and Chaelyn Jefferson (10 points).