C.M. Wright's Milton is on track to make history Center close to becoming first at school to score 1,000

December 27, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Stacey Milton could make history this year.

C. Milton Wright's 6-foot senior center is in position to become the school's first female to score 1,000 career points. With 23 points in Tuesday's 66-35 victory over Aberdeen, Milton raised her career total to 845 points.

With her 19.2 scoring average through the first five games, the 1,000-point mark seems easily within her grasp. Fourteen regular-season games remain.

For Milton, 17, reaching 1,000 is a top priority. "It is really important to me," said Milton, who accumulated 753 points and 658 rebounds in her first three years. "I'd just love to be the the first to score 1,000. I think it would be really neat."

Milton, the first to play on the Mustangs' varsity as a freshman, played often that first season and has been a dominating starter since her sophomore year.

Despite her high-scoring average, Milton remains a team player. "Sometimes to my chagrin," said Mustangs coach Gloria Leidlich.

Milton averages nearly two assists per game, but sometimes she passes off when she has the better shot. "My problem is I'll have the ball and if somebody looks free, I'll pass it, because I don't want to be the total ball hog. I don't like to be the only shooter."

This season, Leidlich is urging Milton to shoot more. "Stacey is very unselfish," said Leidlich. "I'm pushing her this year, telling her that she's got to take it strong to the basket herself. She doesn't always realize that's the kind of basket we need to free up these other people."

When she does shoot, Milton doesn't miss many. The combination of her inside strength and a deadly short-range jumper has helped Milton shoot 51 percent from the field this season. Against Aberdeen she hit almost 65 percent (11-17) from the floor.

Still, she expects more. "Since I'm a post player, I expect it to be about 90 percent, because it's mostly layups I'm taking," said Milton, whose career shooting percentage stands at about 46 percent.

Another key to Milton's success is her lack of turnovers. She gives the ball up less than three times a game while averaging 4.3 steals a game.

"She's quick and that's one of her best assets," said Leidlich. "She can get the rebound, and at the other end, be the one to get the pass and make a basket for us."

Although Milton started playing basketball in the sixth grade, the sport didn't become a priority until she reached high school.

For her first three years at C. Milton Wright, Milton also played soccer and lacrosse. This year, she's down to basketball and lacrosse.

"Playing several sports makes me a more well-rounded person," said Milton.

Basketball, however, is the sport she hopes to play in college.

In the meantime, Milton will shoot for 1,000 while the Mustangs battle to defend their Harford County title. The squad, 19-4 last year, also has an excellent chance to return to the Class 3A regional playoffs.

Leidlich knows Milton will do everything she can to get the Mustangs back into post-season play.

"I think of Stacey like my daughter," said Leidlich. "She's very responsive to me. She goes out there and believes in what I'm telling her. To me that's all you can ask of a player -- to work hard, believe in you and work hard at the team concept."

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