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Helman sets Devil of a mark

January 12, 1999

Kylene HelmanBy DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




GREENCASTLE, Pa. - For three years, the points came easy for Greencastle-Antrim guard Kylene Helman.

Things haven't been so simple for her and the Blue Devils during her senior year, but on Monday night, it was like old times.

The No. 10 Blue Devils (6-4, 3-2) turned up the pressure on Milton Hershey, and Helman set the school record for points scored in a career in a surprising 49-30 victory over the Spartans.

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Helman needed six points Monday night to pass Melissa Windle, but was held scoreless in the first quarter. But two perimeter jumpers early in the second quarter put her within range, and her layup off a Megan Williams steal and Tabitha Eshelman feed with 2:31 left in the half gave her 1,179 points in her Grencastle career.

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Helman was only 2-for-6 from the field before the layin, mainly because of a box-and-1 defense employed by the Spartans to shut her down. But her patience was a virtue, as she got both of her assists before the bucket.

"I didn't think about it all," Helman said. "If I'd have thought about it, I'd have been in trouble."

With his team holding a lead at that point, Greencastle coach Doug Stuart even called a timeout to set up a play for Helman to get the needed points. Like a lot of things for the Blue Devils this year, getting the basket was a struggle, but it got done.

"I thought we could could get the shot for her," Stuart said. "We got the shot; it just didn't go in. But this was such a big game for her. I'm sure it's a dream come true for her."

For nine games though, that dream was a nightmare. Defenses had come out solely to stop her, and even with Helman turning up other parts of her game, the points - and victories - had been harder to come by.

"A lot of teams have pulled it (trick defenses)," Helman said. "But coach has said if I just work and not get too uptight, and play the game, it'll be all right.''

Stuart agreed that Helman has still been doing all the right things.

"You saw it tonight," Stuart said. "She didn't get flustered, didn't force it, and made some nice passes."

But eventually, Helman made a few shots, too. After the game was stopped and her teammates presented Helman with a ball, balloons and a teddy bear, she warmed up. She finished 6-for-12 from the field and gained more and more confidence on both ends of the floor as the game wore on.

"I've been getting more rebounds this year, where in the past I didn't get any at all," Helman said. "I've just been looking to do more than scoring."

But she can still score. And she stands at 1,185 points with a lot of games left.

"She's one of only three people in school history to score over 1,000 points," Stuart said. "With 16 games left, we might be looking at a record that won't be broken for a long time."

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