Sophomore Cephas scores 1,000 points

SHILOH — Breisha Cephas, still a sophomore, reached a remarkable milestone last week, scoring her 1,000th point so far during her time on the hardwood. It’s a mark that few players ever reach, and those who do are usually in the fourth year playing basketball, not their second.

She knew she was close, but wasn’t quite sure about the total, so her mother and coach Tiffany Cephas-Thomas was able to work up a surprise presentation for Friday’s game at home against Kent Island. Actually, the achievement took place the previous day during a game at Pocomoke, “but we decided to wait until tonight to surprise her at our home game,” Coach Cephas-Thomas said after the game.

The Lady Eagles won at Pocomoke, 58-50, in a game that featured a career-high 52 points from Breisha. They lost 74-32 against Kent Island, but that took little from the joy of Friday’s celebration.

It seemed that everyone was in on the secret Friday — Breisha’s track and field coach Tony Robinson brought three of his children up from Wicomico County; the bleachers were filled with extended family, many from over the bridge in Randallstown; and the referees to stop the game when the woman of the hour scored her first points.

“This is important because she’s only a sophomore,” Mr. Robinson said, explaining why he made the trip, and why he attends many events featuring his players, whether or not they involve track and field. “I’m here to support and guide them any way I can.”

That happened about halfway through the first quarter, and out came the balloons and posters, as the crowd cheered and photos were taken at mid court.

Breisha modestly deflected much of the credit to her teammates. “I feel like I have to work for every point I get,” she said. “My team sets me up for a lot of scores. They pick me up when I’m down.”

“I am so proud of her,” Ms. Cephas-Thomas said. “We’ve talked about this since she was 7. I’m so happy and proud.”

Talked about scoring 1,000 points with a little kid? Does it run in the family, or something?

Because in the early 1990s, when she was a student at North Dorchester High School, Ms. Cephas-Thomas also racked up 1,000 points for the Lady Eagles, meaning that now, the names of mother and daughter will be together on a banner in the gym.

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