By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent
Most basketball players count their points, with the really good ones counting down to a specific milestone, such as 1,000 career points.
Kelyn Moses is not one of them. She didn’t realize she was so close to the mark until she drilled her first basket midway through the first quarter, which put her at the 1,000-point career mark.
Moses scored 11 points as the Charlotte High School girls basketball team led from start to finish and cruised to a 68-35 victory over Evangelical Christian in a non-conference matchup.
Moses’ accomplishment provided perhaps the only excitement in a game where the Tarpons (14-7) led by 15 after one quarter, 29 at halftime and forced a running clock midway through the third quarter.
And she didn’t even know about it until coach Matt Stephenson called time and presented a special ball and roses to Moses.
“The coaches did a really good job hiding the fact I was so close. They told me I was at one number, but I was closer than they told me I was,” Moses said. “I didn’t know I would get it today.”
Stephenson, who has only coached her for less than a full season, said it was a well-earned honor for Moses.
“I’m happy she was able to get it in her senior year. She deserved it. She’s the one who puts up the shots,” Stephenson said. “Not many people get to accomplish 1,000 points any time they play basketball.”
As for the game, Stephenson used his entire team against a short-handed Sentinel team. Kayla Lamb led the Tarpons with 17 points and three assists. Taylor Kirkus had nine points and nine rebounds. Moses didn’t play much in the second half after setting her milestone.
Madison Burton had a pair of threes and Angie Griffin also contributed off the bench, as did Matisyn Moses, providing valuable minutes and an opportunity for the starters to rest up for districts next week.
“We needed to get back in focus. We had a tough stretch this weekend so we got back in rhythm and played team basketball,” Stephenson said. “It’s the concept of sharing the basketball and they did it at an amazing rate.”
Evangelical Christian (10-8) was led by Mackenzie Blair, who had 13 points, including four threes.
CHARLOTTE 68, EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN 35
Evangelical Christian 10 5 13 7 – 35
Charlotte 25 19 20 4 – 68
Evangelical Christian (35): Mackenzie Blair 13, Lynk 8, Hiton 7, Tyson 4, Magner 2, Mulligan 1: Totals: 11(5) 8-11 35.
Charlotte (68): Kayla Lamb 17, Kelyn Moses 11, Kirkus 9, Bunch 7, Burton 6, M. Moses 6, Qualls 6, Griffin 4, Comrie 2. Totals: 27(4) 10-14 68.