Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Bishop England senior center Mary Harriet Moore joined the 1,000-point club Tuesday as the Lady Bishops topped the Academic Magnet Raptors 70-44 in North Charleston.
Moore entered the game needing just five points to crack the career milestone. The four-year starter finished with 13, surpassing 1,000 in the second quarter with the Bishops already holding a commanding lead.
“It felt awesome,” Moore said. “I knew that I needed five points at the beginning of the game but I just let it happen.”
Moore joins Bishops guard Michele Boykin on the prestigious 1000-point list. Boykin achieved the feat just three games prior.
“That just tells you what kind of talents those two are,” Bishop England head coach Paul Runey said. “You always preach the team concept but it is important to have individual goals. Mary Harriet has been a big part of our success the past four years. She’s a great athlete, has good touch and has been a good ambassador for Bishop England.”
Runey described Moore as the best shot blocker he’s had in 28 years and praised her selflessness on the court. Moore says the accomplishment ranks high on her list but added that winning state championships as a team trumps any personal achievement.
“Sometimes I wish she was actually more selfish because she’s that good of a player but that’s not what type of person she is,” Runey said. “These girls do sacrifice a lot of personal awards because they realize it’s a team game and they want to see everyone on the team do well.”
The Lady Bishops (6-0) are doing about as well as could be asked so far this season with lopsided wins in all six games. Bishop England will host the Carolina Invitational Tournament, beginning Dec. 27. The 64-team field features some of the top girls talent from across the Southeast.
“It’s no slight to the teams we’ve played but I think this tournament will be a good indicator of where we are and where we need to be,” Runey said. “We’re going to be playing some really good talent. We’ll need our team to really play well and players like Mary Harriet and Michele to play a big role if we want to have success in that tournament and have another chance at a state championship later in the year.”