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North Oconee senior guard Byrd Carter scored the 1000th point of his career on Monday night in the Titans’ 64-55 win over Lambert High School.
Carter knew what he needed to reach the mark going into the game, and as he got closer in the fourth quarter, his teammates and the fans in attendance were rooting hard for him to get it.
“It was so special. I was honestly counting it down since the start,” Carter said. “I knew I was at 16 to start the game and then towards the end, I had four points to go and my teammates were like ‘give Byrd the ball give Byrd the ball.’ Then, as the seconds went down I hit the layup to hit 1000.”
After he made the shot to give him 1000 points, Carter was mobbed by his teammates in a moment of jubilation. The student section was as loud as it had been all night, and the game was briefly stopped for head coach Rick Rasmussen to give Carter a ball commemorating the accomplishment.
Rasmussen spoke about the impact Carter has had on the program after the game.
“He’s had a great career. He’s been a three year starter. He’s a scorer, and 1000 points kind of shows that. He’s really crafty. He can do it inside and outside,” Rasmussen said. “He’s a great kid, and he’s got a lot of character that he’s got to offer to Covenant College and he hasn’t decided yet what he’s gonna do with that, but he’s been a special player for a long time.”
Carter will have his name added to a board in the gym that lists the 1000 point scorers for North Oconee basketball. He is the 14th player in the history of the boys and girls teams to achieve the milestone.