PENN LAIRD – Tucker McCoy was already the all-time scoring leader in Spotswood High School’s program history. But he thought it would be cool to leave as the school’s all-time leading scorer, including girls’ basketball.
Now he has that distinction, too.
The 5-foot-10 senior guard scored 30 points — including 25 in a hot-shooting first half — to lead Spotswood to a 97-66 victory over visiting R.E. Lee in a Valley District game Friday.
McCoy only needed 17 points to surpass Bailey Williams’ 1,659 points. He currently has 1,673 career points and counting for the Blazers (15-0). McCoy tied and broke the record by making a pair of free throws midway through the second quarter. The game was briefly stopped as fans and players from both sides stood and applauded McCoy, who stood at midcourt.
“It’s a great honor,” McCoy said after the game. “[There have been a] lot of good basketball players to come through here, a lot of good scorers. Without my teammates, you know, I wouldn’t have been able to score. The four years that I’ve played, I’ve played with great teammates and they’ve always found me when I’m open.”
SHS coach Chad Edwards took a big picture approach.
“When you consider the types of programs that we’ve had at Spotswood both on the boys side and girls side, I think it says a lot,” Edwards said of his four-year starting point guard’s record. “It’s a tremendous honor. I was glad Tucker was able to get it at home in front of our fans.”
McCoy spearheaded the Blazers offense, making five three-pointers, while sophomore guard Justin Kier chipped in with 17 points. Junior forward Kevin Saylor added 11, and SHS narrowly missed having six players in double figures. Rasheed Kier, a senior forward, was one of three Blazers to finish with eight points.
Junior guard Chance Sheffey led the Leemen (6-8) with 23 points, and sophomore forward Gunner Cook added 14. Lee appeared bothered by SHS’s trapping defense early on as they fell behind 21-6 midway through the first quarter. Turnovers resulted in layups at the other end, and before Lee could solve the press, the game was essentially out of reach.
“Spotswood is an excellent defensive team,” Lee coach Jarrett Hatcher said. “They force you to play faster than you want. They force you into stupid plays. What hurt us was the little flurry in the beginning. It’s not a team you can play from behind.”
Edwards said the focal point of the game was to be mentally ready, something he was concerned about as a result of it being exam week at SHS.
“The message in pregame was to make darn sure we bring energy and effort tonight,” Edwards said. “And the guys did.”
Ultimately, the night belonged to McCoy, who SHS will miss after this season. People who won’t be sad to see McCoy move on? Opposing coaches.
“I had a chance [to talk to him],” Hatcher said. “I just said ‘Congratulations. Hurry up and graduate.’”
McCoy 10 5-5 30, J. Kier 6 4-4 17, Saylor 3 5-6 11, Lasam 4 0-0 8, Kh. Davis 1 6-8 8, R. Kier 4 0-0 8, Morris 2 2-3 6, Shifflett 1 2-2 4, Hinkle 1 0-0 2, Ko. Davis 1 0-0 2. Totals: 33 24-27 97.
Sheffey 7 9-12 23, Cook 5 1-1 14, Brown 3 3-4 9, Darcus 2 0-0 6, George 1 0-0 3, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Crawford 1 0-0 2, Porter 1 0-1 2, Brown 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 13-19 66.
Halftime: SHS 55-28; JV score: SHS won.