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Reed having a ball at Frostburg State

February 05, 1997

By BOB PARASILITI

Staff Writer

FROSTBURG, Md. - High school didn't prepare Kara Reed for the personal success she has experienced at Frostburg State.

The junior shooting guard didn't know how to act on Jan. 23 when she scored the 1,000th point of her college basketball career. School officials stopped the game against LaRoche after the milestone and presented Reed the ball and congratulated her.

"I didn't know it was coming up," she said. "They had a ceremony and gave me the ball. It was really an honor."

Reed didn't prepare a humble acceptance speech or even fumble through a few embarrassed words of thanks. She never had the chance to make a dry run at this while at Middletown High School. That's because Reed never scored 1,000 points there.

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"I was very excited by all this," she said. "In high school, I finished eight points shy of 1,000. That's because of (coach) Mark Miller. We had such good teams back then, we'd get taken out of games early and he wouldn't let me back in to get the 1,000. It was the respect factor for the other team."

Reed left Middletown feeling like a face in the crowd. After all, scoring 1,000 points puts a player in select company. But just 992, well that's like trying to remember who finished in second place.

"I had some ill feeling toward Mark," she said. "He wrote me to congratulate me on the 1,000 points and he still comes up once a year to see me play. I was hurt then, but now I'm over it."

Reed has elbowed her way to the front of the pack and spearheaded Frostburg's three-guard attack, leading the Bobcats to a 17-2 record. She has gone from a supporting player to the focus of the offense, which was almost as challenging as hitting the milestone.

"It's helpful being the focal point of the offense," Reed said. "I've always risen to challenges and I took this as one. I'm comfortable with my role. Coming from Middletown and Coach Miller, I had good work ethics and I had to work hard to get there. It meant a lot to be put in this role as a freshman."

Reed has started 64 of the 65 games she has played at Frostburg. She has 1,037 points and a 16.1 career scoring average. She is averaging 17.9 points per game this season and the Bobcats have built a modest eight-game winning streak.

Even though the opportunity to score freely has changed for Reed, one thing hasn't differed since she left Middletown. She realizes that she can't do it all alone.

"This year, I'm getting more opportunities, but it's all because of our point guard Shelly (Ridgeway)," Reed said. "We just click and work so well together. We've been playing together since we've been freshmen and just took it upon ourselves to go out and do well. Right away, we went out and started scoring points."

Familiarity has been a big ally for Reed. Frostburg runs a three-guard offense similar to the one employed by Miller at Middletown. The only difference is the Bobcats are more guard-oriented, much to Reed's liking.

The Reed-Ridgeway contingent has worked like a well-oiled machine. It started with the two freshmen guarding each other during practice and has blossomed.

"We are so similar, both on and off the court," Reed said. "We kind of know what each other is going to do. We don't have to have any eye contact, it just happens."

Reed would like to follow those instincts to big things for Frostburg.

"We are 17-2. I just want us to get into the (NCAA Division III) tournament," she said. "If not there, then at least to the ECAC tournament. We were in it when I was a freshman, but we lost in the first round. That would be bigger than scoring 1,000 points. The tournament is a team-oriented goal, but it's one that is also set by personal goals."

Then there is always that next personal goal.

"I don't know. My fiance tells me I should go for 1,500 points."

If that happens, at least Reed will know how to react.

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