Da’Mya Harris keeps blazing trail: Scores 1,000th point

Published 11:08 am Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Prince Edward County High School’s Da’Mya Harris continues to blaze a remarkable trail that sets her apart on the basketball court, and the latest evidence came in a Jan. 3 home game when she scored the 1,000th point of her varsity career after only two-and-a-half years of varsity play.

Entering the contest against visiting Central Lunenburg High School with 999 points, the Lady Eagles’ junior point guard reached and surpassed the milestone with her first shot.

“I think it was less than a minute into the game,” Prince Edward Head Coach Carlton Redd said.

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The achievement could not take him by surprise.

“You kind of expected it the first year she played varsity that yeah, she’s going to knock some numbers down,” he said.

Redd noted he has coached for 25 years, both boys and girls, but Da’Mya Harris stands out in a special way.

“She’s the best basketball player I’ve ever coached,” he said. “… I started to get to know her when she was 8 or 9 years old. We’ve been around each other for a long time, and at that time — even at that time — it was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be something special.’”

Reacting to her own achievement, Harris said, “It means a lot to me, really, but I feel that if it wasn’t for my teammates and my coach, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity.”

Her mother, Tacola Scott, said being able to see her reach 1,000 points already is “a blessing because of the fact that she’s always been hardworking. She’s been playing ball since PEFYA, and she works hard playing ball every day. I don’t care if it’s snowing, sleeting, raining — she’s always practicing. And what I love about her so much — she never loses her cool.”

Harris acknowledged that reaching 1,000 points this early is a big accomplishment “that kind of pushes me to work harder and harder with the stuff that I do.”

Prince Edward Athletics Director Rodney Kane said Harris probably could have reached 2,000 points in her high school career if she was a selfish player, but she’s not.

“And that’s the key to our team,” Redd said. “… She’s not selfish. She looks to make sure everybody gets a chance to shine. … We have a great chemistry on our team, and that’s one of the things that has helped us to the record that we have so far.”

The Lady Eagles are 9-2 after defeating Central Lunenburg and visit Buckingham on Wednesday at 7 p.m.