PADUCAH — Parker Greer might be Murray High’s all-time leading goal scorer on the soccer pitch, but she also has a skill set on the basketball court.
Greer scored 22 points in the first half on the way to a career-high 28 points in the Lady Tigers’ 65-43 victory over McCracken County Monday night.
The Lady Mustangs took a chance, giving Greer the three-point shot practically whenever she wanted, and right off the bat, she made them pay.
“When I’m open and I have my feet set, I have the go-ahead from coach this year to shoot it,” Greer said. “He’s just letting me go.”
Murray High head coach Wyatt Foust said the senior has been one of the best three point shooters on the team when given a chance to take the shot as well.
“She was great,” Foust said of Greer. “We figured out early on that they were going to try to keep their big at the rim and their other post at the nail and kind of do a tandem and three… It helped that she was able to knock down some threes. If you give her time and space, if you look statistically, she’s one of our better shooters, she just never forces it. But when she’s open, she can really fill it up.”
Fill it up she did.
Right from the start, Greer recorded five points and thanks to Calli Carver’s passing had 11 points in the first quarter.
The connection between Greer and Carver continued in the second as the former recorded another 11 points in the second, and had 22 of the Lady Tigers’ 36 points at the half.
Five Lady Tigers had at least six points on the night, with Lizzy Curtis finishing second behind Greer with 10 points in the win.
Any of Murray’s five starters could come in on any night and lead the team in scoring, and that unselfishness is what Foust thinks is so special about his team.
“If it is a night where what we need to do to win is throw it to Parker every single time, they’d be all for it,” Foust noted. “It makes it a lot of fun. You’ve got to have the kids that can do it. You’ve got to have the talent of kids that can make shots, and that’s a big piece to it. It’s not some big scheme thing, it’s great players that put themselves in great positions to make things happen.”
Carver added nine points, Jamera Jones scored eight, and Angela Gierhart finished with six points to help push the Lady Tigers to 23-3 on the year.
Two more games make up the remainder of Murray’s regular season, both of which are at home. The Lady Tigers will take the floor against Carlisle County Thursday in Taylor Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.