HARTVILLE For most high school basketball players, breaking the school’s all-time single-game scoring record is a dream that never quite comes true.
Lake Center Christian senior guard Chloe Moore has lived that dream not once, but twice - both before the midway point of the Tigers’ season. In mid-December, Moore had a career-best night in a loss to Our Lady of the Elms, posting a school-record 32 points in a losing effort. Her new record didn’t last long - less than a week - as Moore broke the mark with 33, this time in a win over Rootstown.
The 5-foot-7 senior was quick to share credit for the big game with her teammates, especially because the Tigers were playing without two of their other leading scorers, Aliah Bailey and Paige Karmie.
“We played as a team … having two of our other leading scorers out, we had to share the ball more, which made it harder for them to defend us and it led to open shots,” Moore said. “I had to play more of a passing game and getting everyone involved. It was a mix of everything, a lot of foul shots, layups and a couple threes.”
Her 33-point night took on added importance because in addition to the injuries to Bailey and Karmie, foul trouble sent several LCC starters to the bench early in the second half. Head coach Shane Humphrey was forced juggle his lineup in the third quarter and after building a big lead in the first half, his team saw that margin slowly slip away in the third.
If not for Moore’s shooting and playmaking, the game could have gotten away from the Tigers. Instead, LCC was able to stay in the game and rally for a late win.
“She was in attack mode the whole time and that’s when she’s at her best, is when she’s being really aggressive. She’s athletic, she can handle the ball and she has really good instincts about being a scorer and just finding a way to do it. She also had her three going late in the game, so she was able to knock down a couple of those,” Humphrey said. “We were also in a lot of foul trouble, so we had five players being tired that third quarter because of foul trouble and she sensed that we needed something because we went from up 14 to down one in that quarter because we had no subs and we were playing players who don’t normally play.”
Moore made several game-altering plays down the stretch in what Humphrey called her “best all-around game” to date. That encompasses three seasons at LCC after Moore and her family moved to the area from Chicago prior to her sophomore year. Moving to a new state and trying to acclimate not only to a new team, but a new school, can be a lot for a teenager to handle, but Moore’s new teammates made her feel welcome right away.
Two and a half years later, the emotion is still evident in her voice as she recalls starting at LCC and joining the basketball team in 2014.
“I love it. The way that I first got here and they welcomed me, it was unbelievable,” Moore said. “They just took me in immediately, it was pretty special.”
Because LCC has had varsity sports for only a decade, scoring and other records across all of its sports aren’t as out of reach as they are at some schools, but Moore doesn’t mind the fact that her mark may someday be broken by one of her current teammates or someone who comes after them in the program.
Noting that it was about nine years since the record was set prior to her two strong performances, Moore pointed out that the program is growing quickly and as such, she believes it’s just a matter of time before another LCC player has an even better night. When that night comes, don’t expect her to spend any time lamenting that her name was erased from the record books.
“It’s nice to have it, but I’d love to have someone break it because then someone gets to feel the way I did,” she said.”
The best part of setting the record a second time, Moore’s favorite part of the night was that her team won. When she checked with the scorebook keeper after the game, she was happy to know that she had re-broken the record, but after that, she “just got ready for the next game.”
As the Tigers move into a new year and into the core of their Portage Trail Conference schedule, Humphrey knows the team will lean heavily on Moore not only as a scorer, but also as a facilitator. When she’s attacking defenses, creating shots for herself and her teammates, Humphrey explained, the Tigers are at their best.
With Karmie and Bailey expected to return to the lineup soon, there is help on the way for the offense. Another new single-game scoring record isn’t out of the question, but adding to the win column is the overarching goal for both LCC’s leading scorer and her teammates.
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