Tears did to Chelsey Barrett what few opponents have been able to do: stop her from scoring more points.
Barrett, a senior guard for Atholton's girls basketball team, scored her 1,000th career point in a four-point overtime loss to Mount Hebron Monday night.
Barrett, who registered nine points against the Vikings, reached the achievement on her final point, the first of two free throws with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter.
The game was briefly delayed as Barrett was given a plaque, the game ball and a bouquet of roses. When the game resumed, she missed the second free throw.
"I was so in shock," said Barrett, who became the fifth player in Raiders history to score 1,000 points. "My eyes were tearing up. After the first shot, I couldn't see the basket."
Her parents, two older sisters and grandfather were present to watch Barrett.
"It's a goal I've had since I started playing in high school," she said. "Knowing it was about to come true, I was so excited and nervous at the same time."
A second-team All-County player last season, Barrett has improved her scoring touch this winter. After averaging 12.3 points a game last year, she is scoring 14.3 points a game.
Barrett, who is averaging 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists, leads Atholton (10-6 overall, 9-5 in the county) in scoring, but coach Maureen Shacreaw said Barrett's success can be traced to her comfort level with her teammates.
"We're more balanced this year," said Shacreaw, who cited significant contributions from junior forward Allie Scott, senior Julia Reynold and freshman guard Julie Taylor. "I think we have more people who can score so that she doesn't feel like she has to score for us."
Barrett agreed, saying: "We work so well together. ... We know where each other will be. A lot of times, I try so hard for them because they're so supportive. That makes me want to play harder."
Track coach named
Brian Funk, a former collegiate track standout and coach, has been hired to coach Atholton's outdoor track and field program this spring and the school's indoor program next winter.
Funk, who had been an assistant at George Washington University for the past year, applied for the position to stay closer to his home in Columbia. He also was enticed by a Raiders program that boasts freshman Kate Nicholson, the county 800-meter titlist in indoor track, and freshman Alison Smith, the county champion in cross country.
"They've got some young talent there," Funk said. "They've had good numbers in the past, and we could build something there."
Funk has been involved in track and field since he helped Old Mill win a state crown in 1989, his senior year. Elizabeth Cookson will join Funk as a co-coach.
Cole second in 55
Oakland Mills senior Tony Cole tied the fourth-fastest time in the nation when he clocked a time of 6.38 seconds in the 55-meter dash at the Virginia Tech Invitational last Saturday.
Cole, the reigning Class 2A-1A state champion in the 55, finished second to Lashawn Merritt of Woodrow Wilson (Va.) High School, but Scorpions coach Bryan Winfield said Cole can get better.
"He thinks he can run faster, and I think so, too," Winfield said. "He said he stumbled out of the blocks and could've run faster if he hadn't done that."
Winfield said Cole, who captured four first-place medals at the Ivan Walker Howard County championships a few weeks ago, relished the opportunity to face unfamiliar competition.
"He always talks about how the competition in the county and the state is good overall, but he wants to compare himself against national competition," Winfield said. "This meet was very good for him."