- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Two of the countyís top girls basketball players piled up 30 points in 2012. The first accomplished the feat to start the year and the second got it to end it.
Three-year Great Mills varsity girls basketball player Ashia Joseph scored her career-high 30 points as a senior on Jan. 13 as the left-handed forward led the Hornets in a 58-45 win over the Lackey Chargers.
Joseph said the games leading up to it hadnít been her best.
ďYeah, this is a career high and I am pretty excited about it,Ē Joseph said after the game. ďI really canít believe it myself. I havenít really been doing so well the last couple of games. Ö Just coming back strongly and making [many] of my free throws was a big point tonight.Ē
Joseph shot 8 of 11 free-throw attempts (73 percent) and scored 10 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter, aiding the Hornets to a 14-point lead halfway through the final period. Great Mills snapped its three-game losing streak with the win. Joseph was the only Hornet in double digits that evening.
Joseph, an All-County performer, said her team had a very good vibe going before the game started.
ďWe were focusing on working together this game and when everyone is relaxed, thatís when we play the best and thatís what we realized tonight.Ē Joseph said after the game.
Chopticon junior guard Ty Priest has already scored 30 points in her fifth game of the season on Dec. 14 against Leonardtown. The Braves won the contest 67-29.
Priest was ready to move on to her next opponent after the game. She wasnít up for too much reflection, just focused on the season and moving through the postseason with new head coach Joe Cook.
ďI think we played really well, we connected well tonight,Ē Priest said after the win. ďWe went hard in practice yesterday, too, and did everything coach told us to and it all came together for us today. I feel like we did everything right tonight, but well, maybe we could work a little bit on defense, but weíre ready for anybody. Letís go, letís play ball.Ē