Southern girls basketball coach Linda Kilpatrick earned her 500th career victory Tuesday with the Bulldogs’ 54-45 victory at Glen Burnie.
Kilpatrick, who has more wins than any other active girls basketball coach in the Baltimore metro area, becomes on the second to reach 500. Former North Harford coach Lin James won 608 games before retiring after last season.
“It was a relief that it was finally over with,” Kilpatrick said with a laugh. “A couple players that I hadn’t seen in forever snuck in and were there tonight, surprised me at the end of the game. And that’s what it’s all about, how I’ve touched these kids, how they still support me and my kids just played their hearts out.”
Jordyn Brown led the Bulldogs (8-11) with 27 points against a Glen Burnie team that Kilpatrick said was scrappy and didn’t want to be the team to give her No. 500.
A legion of Bulldogs fans made the trip to Glen Burnie, including 15 members of Kilpatrick’s family. They celebrated afterward with balloons and a huge banner. Kilpatrick said she later got a bottle of champagne and flowers from her family members. Two players who won state championships with Kilpatrick – Dayna Scott and Jessica Kinnehan – were there.
Kilpatrick, who led the Bulldogs to five state titles, has taken them to the state final four in every decade of her 38 years as coach. A Southern graduate, she has a career record of 500-378.
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