It is rare that a sophomore records her 1,000th career point, but Cathedral’s Jade Moore did just that.
On Tuesday, the guard surpassed the milestone in the first half of a 58-29, loss to Pope John.
“It was really special. I got to take pictures with my family and I was congratulated by my coach and teammates,” Moore said.
Moore is a rare player with a rare story.
In the seventh grade, while other basketball players were playing on travel teams, preparing to compete at the high school level, Moore was way ahead of her peers. While playing pickup basketball with the boys’ varsity squad at Cathedral High, Moore was spotted and immediately introduced to Cathedral’s girls’ coach and she landed a spot on the team. She was a bench player her first season but that didn’t last long.
In the eighth grade she moved up to starting guard, a position she has held for three seasons.
The 5-foot-6-inch point guard began dribbling a basketball at the age of 9. Her close relationship with nephew Dreshaun Johnson allowed her to recognize her talent and gain interest in the sport.
“My nephew began playing basketball at a young age and I followed him because my nephew and I are really close,” Moore said. “It helps me take my mind off things that happen off the court.”
The gifted two-sport athlete — she runs track — is also a spark in the classroom.
“She is a complete student athlete,’’ first-year coach Duane Sigsbury said. “She just has the whole package.”
Like many other families, the Moore household places importance on school work. Anything below a C is unacceptable for Moore, and will force her to stop playing until she brings up her grade. Moore is maintaining a 3.9 grade-point average and intends on keeping it that way.
“It is important to me as well as my family,’’ Moore said. “It comes first before any sport”
Although the sophomore achieved a great feat, she still has a ways to go before she surpasses former Cathedral player Michelle Edwards, who leads the school with 2,121 points, a record she set in 1984.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
No.16 Arlington Catholic at No. 2 Archbishop Williams, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. — Arlington Catholic has another Catholic Central battle when it goes to Braintree to face the Archies. The Cougars will need to pressure Archies guard Sara Ryan. The Archies also have size, so the Cougars must box out and not allow second-chance opportunities.
No.10 Central Catholic at No.4 Billerica, Tuesday, 7 p.m. — The first game between these two this season was nothing short of dramatic. Central Catholic seemed to have a comfortable 9-point lead with less than five minutes remaining but the Indians rallied for a 2-point victory. Now the Indians are on a hot streak. They have stepped it up the past few weeks, so Central Catholic will be challenged. Once again, the Raiders will need to pressure Brittany Lomanno, who is the Indians’ offensive leader.