PHELPS, Ky. – The Phelps High School record for most points scored in a game by a girls’ basketball player has been tied.
Eighth grader Daniel Prater tied Caitlyn Norman’s previous record for most points scored in a girls’ high school basketball game at 46. Prater tied the record in the Phelps girls’ last game against Hurley, Va. Prater is only in eighth grade and as her coach states, she is a true eighth grader, meaning she has never been held back. The KHSAA rule is that a player can play up, but cannot play down. Norman set the record during her senior year of playing for the Lady Hornets.
The Lady Hornets cruised into a win with a final score of 80-71. Thanks to Prater, who went 12 for 17 from inside the arc and hit three out of her four 3-point attempts. Prater made 13 out of her 18 free throws and ended the game with her total of 46 points.
When asked how the achievement made her feel Prater responded courteously and simply by saying, “It felt great.”
The scenario surrounding the build-up to tie the record has a story of its own. No one on the Lady Hornets team, not even Prater, was aware that she was approaching the record. Norman, the previous record holder, approached Coach Dewayne Abshire with one minute left in regulation play and informed him that Prater was only six points away from the record. Abshire quickly called a time out and informed the team of the circumstances and the Lady Hornets decided, as a team, to take on one more goal besides victory and that was to help Prater set a new record.
Abshire said, “What I loved about the whole thing was, she had 46 points, but it was with a team effort. We were really moving the ball and she was taking open shots. She just had one of those nights were she couldn’t miss, everything she shot fell in.”
“That’s the great thing about it, even with the points she scored it was a team effort. The whole team was behind her,” added Abshire
The entire community surrounding the Lady Hornets has expressed their excitement for Danielle and recognized what an amazing achievement she has accomplished at such a young age. Former record holder Norman said, “Honestly it was one of the best feelings I felt since I scored my 1,000th point. I scored my 1,000 point at the beginning of my senior season.”
“Coming from a small school in a small area I had never really got much recognition besides winning all-tournament and being recognized for all district. Setting the new scoring record just boosted my confidence and made me want to set higher goals for my team and myself. I’m sure it has done the same for Danielle. I told my mom after I graduated that if anyone ever broke it again it would be Danielle. To be honest, as a formed Lady Hornet and fan I was just as excited for her as I was for myself. I told her mom at halftime that I had the record and if she kept it up she would break it in this game. She had 22 points at half time. At the beginning of the 4th quarter she was very close. With 3:00 minutes to go I walked over to the scorer’s table. I wanted to make sure everyone knew what an amazing accomplishment an 8th grader was about to make. I watched the game and cheered her one the rest of the entire game. I stressed for her to stay calm and just play her game. Her true talent showed and she succeeded. It really is an honor to share a record with her. I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish as she grows,” added Norman
Prater returned later to express how much she wanted to thank her coaches and teammates and most of all, her family for helping her. Tanya Prater, Danielle’s mother said, “Her Dad and I are so proud of her, she has put in so much work and tries so hard to be the best she can be, we are extremely proud of our daughter.”
The Phelps Lady Hornets are now 3-0 on the season and are showing promise for a great season. Abshire stated that before the Lady Hornets started their three game winning streak they had lost 38 games in a row. Things sure are starting to look up for the Phelps girls’ basketball program.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)