For the record

Puleo becomes county's all-time top scorer

By Stefan Cooper
Sports Editor
Blount Today

The record slipped quietly into the record books in the opening half.

No announcement was made over the public address system. They didn’t stop the game.

Angela Puleo wanted it that way.

The William Blount High School senior and University of Georgia signee scored the 2,411th point of her career in a 62-41 win over Lenoir City on Tuesday at Marvin Boring Gymnasium, eclipsing the Blount County all-time scoring record in the full-court era held by childhood friend and Tennessee freshman Cait McMahan.

Puleo would go on to finish her night with 30 points, raising her current total to 2,432. The new mark goes in the books alongside the All-State guard’s record for points in a game at 46.

Tuesday, Puleo was more concerned with the Lady Governor charge toward next month’s District 4AAA tournament at Maryville. William Blount tore off a stunning four-game run in last year’s tourney to emerge district champions. With the Lady Governors currently fifth in league play, a trip to regions in a month’s time is beginning to look more and more as if it will require a similar closing burst.

Puleo is undeterred.

"I think we’re getting better," she said, "but I think we have room to improve like everybody."

There’s little the 5-foot-9 All-American hasn’t done in four seasons at William Blount — school and county scoring records, last season’s district crown the first at the school since 1989. That said, Puleo said she’s taking nothing for granted this season as it all comes to a close.

"I just want to have fun, make my teammates better for next year and enjoy every minute of it," she said. "The atmosphere of high school basketball, I don’t think there’s anything like it."

Injuries have hit William Blount hard this season, wiping out both of the team’s returning post players before Christmas. It was a decidedly guard-heavy squad that ran away from the Lady Panthers Tuesday, with 3-point marksman Leah Kelley finishing with 11 points on the strength of three shots from downtown. Sophomore Sarah Walker chipped in nine points, senior Danielle Sampley eight.

Lady Governor coach Matt Fowler worries if it’ll be enough next month.

"We’ve got a bunch of guards, really," he said. "Rebounding, everybody has to help."

With the county’s newly-minted all-time top scorer in the fold, some of that rebounding probably won’t be necessary.

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