Lee reaches 1,000 points

Published 8:36 am Friday, February 19, 2010

FRANKLIN—It’s not every day that a high school basketball player scores 1,000 points in her high school career.

Kiara Lee accomplished this feat while also playing all five positions on the court.

“I knew she was going to be a player since she was in the eighth grade,” said Franklin Athletic Director and basketball coach Mona Sumblin, “and she has done nothing but improved over the years.”

“It feels really good to be able to score 1,000 points during my high school career,” the senior said. “Some people are not able to do it, but I try hard to score while I am in the game.”

Lee scored her 1,000th point in a winning away game against Charles City last week.

She is the second person in her family to hit the 1,000-point mark. Her cousin, Shamia Hunt, scored 1,000 points in 2002 for FHS.

“She may not have not have height, but she can play all five spots (on the court),” Sumblin said about the 5-foot, 6-inch Lee. “That is tremendous, because that’s that leadership ability, that playing smart and knowing basketball. She is one of the few who knows basketball.”

Sumblin reminisced that when Lee started playing for the Lady Broncos, Franklin had strong guards. As a result, Sumblin played Lee as a forward. Later, Lee was moved to the wing position because she could shoot the ball.

Last year, when Franklin went to the state tournament, Lee played the 5 spot as a center.

“You saw that we had no height, but we were able to get back to state,” Sumblin said.

Lee noted that scoring her 1,000th point has really pumped her up for the rest of the season.

“But, it’s not all about me scoring points,” said Lee, “it’s about us winning games and making our way back to state this year.”