Marner celebrates special night with a victory

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After the Person High School women’s basketball team won 62-46 against McMichael on Wednesday, star guard Nydriya Marner was honored for reaching the 1,000-point mark in her career.

Head coach Jay Carmichael presented Marner with a basketball marked “1,000 points,” and teammates posed for pictures.

Marner achieved the milestone Jan. 10, the first matchup between the Lady Rockets (14-7, 8-5) and the Phoenix (11-9, 5-7).

In Wednesday’s victory, Marner added to her point total with a team-leading, game-high 17 points.

“The 1,000-point milestone means a lot to me, knowing that my team is all the way behind me,” said Marner. “Especially Carmichael, continuing to push me, believing in me, knowing that I can do it. It means a lot.”

Marner continues to impress Carmichael over the years with her style of play.

“When I first saw her, I was most impressed with how aggressive she was,” said Carmichael. “Her defense gets her into an offensive mindset. She’s fast, she’s got great control, and she can finish. When we need a scorer, I like to put the ball in her hands.”

Marner’s evolution as a high school ball player makes her more confident in her game.

“My ninth grade year, if I missed a layup, I’d just get frustrated and knock myself down. As I’ve grown, especially my 12th grade year, it’s like “you miss a layup, just get back on defense.” You’re going to get the ball again, the game is not over. Just keep believing in yourself.”

Marner looks for additional ways to generate points if shots are not falling.

“If we’re not hitting threes, like earlier in the game tonight, the thing Carmichael said was “Look down low, get it down low,” said Marner. “Let’s see if we can get some layups, make them collapse on us, pass it back out, and see if we can get something out there at the end.”

After graduating from Person High School on May 30, Marner takes her talents to the next level.

“I have a full-ride to play basketball at St. Augustine (Raleigh),” said Marner.

“We went to a game together a couple weeks ago and watched them play,” said Carmichael. “She fits in perfectly with that squad, it’s like they’re made for each other. I could see her having a great experience.”

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