Scoring feats are adding up


When Kerry Weber started playing basketball at Mount Carmel, she remembers being told that no girl at her school could ever score 1,000 points.

"It used to be that girls at our school were honored when they scored 500 points," said Weber, a 5-foot-10 senior forward/guard. "The year before I got here, they changed that to 1,000. From the time I was a freshman, I always wanted to score 1,000 points."

On Jan. 14, Weber became the first girl in Mount Carmel history to hit 1,000 (the old school record was 580). Scoring 11 in Wednesday night's 41-30 loss to Beth Tfiloh boosted her career total to 1,061 points. She also holds the school record for rebounds with 670.

Weber's scoring prowess is not limited to the basketball court. She holds the school career scoring records in three sports -- soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

An Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland All-Conference player in all three sports, Weber finished her soccer career with 109 goals and 147 points. In just three years, she has scored 272 goals in lacrosse.

"She's just one of those kids who has a knack for scoring," said Mount Carmel basketball coach Debbi Pearson. "From what I can see in basketball and other sports -- she had over 100 goals in lacrosse in one season -- she's just an offensive-minded kid."

As a striker for the Cougars' soccer team, Weber averaged a couple of goals a game last season and was rarely shut out.

"She is a finisher," said Cougars soccer coach Steve Herpel. "When we play A Conference schools in preseason, if anybody is going to score, it's going to be her. She has a lot of innate ability and she knows what to do with the ball. That's true in all her sports."

Despite the big numbers Weber has put up in other sports, approaching 1,000 in basketball brought her the most attention. That made her determined to reach the milestone at home.

When the Cougars' Jan. 14 game against Oldfields was switched to Mount Carmel, Weber had her chance, but she had to score 27 points to make it.

She scored 28.

Going into the final 30 seconds, Weber had 26, but she was fouled and hit both free throws. She had no trouble keeping track of how many points she needed -- the mostly-teenaged crowd let her know how close she was with every point.

"The whole school was kind of getting into it," said Weber, only the sixth player -- boy or girl -- to reach 1,000 at Mount Carmel. "It just makes me feel so good, knowing that people said a girl could never do it."

The milestone is particularly impressive for Weber and the small Catholic high school in Middle River, because the Cougars' girls basketball team plays in the C Conference.

"With scores at our level often around 30-26, it's certainly been hard," said Mount Carmel athletic director Mike Naunton, "and especially this year where we've seen more junk defenses thrown at her. She's really stepped up and her teammates have helped create space for her."

Weber, who scored a career-high 33 in December, averages 16.9 points for the 14-6 Cougars. She also contributes 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 3.7 steals a game.

"Her height helps her a lot," Pearson said, "because it's hard for teams to match up with her. She's fairly quick for a big person. If you put a small person on her, she can post her up inside, she can hit from a fair distance, and on defense, she gets a lot of steals."

Despite her success in basketball, Weber plans to play soccer this fall at Salisbury University. Weber, a National Honor Society member with 3.81 grade-point average, has been accepted into Salisbury's nursing program.

Weber, who is also exploring the possibility of a modeling career, said soccer is probably her best sport, because she has put more time into it.

She didn't start playing basketball until eighth grade, but she has played soccer since she was 5, following her sister, Krissy, now 21, into the sport. She has played eight years of club soccer with the Parkville Pumas.

"She'll do very well at Division III," Herpel said. "I think she could be a very good Division II player with her height, her speed and her natural ability."

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