Reid-ing defenses: Crusaders senior becomes 10th millennial scorer
Posted January 15, 2014
Cardinal Gibbons senior Morgan Reid, a 5-foot-6 guard, scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 10 in the Crusaders’ 61-25 win over J.F. Webb.
Reid’s second quarter, mid-range jump shot – for her seventh and eighth points – secured her distinction as the tenth Cardinal Gibbons female hoopster – and third current program participant – to achieve this milestone.
“I didn’t really realize I was close,” Reid said. “It’s cool. But I’d rather have my team win and do well than get a ton of points.”
Reid has managed the best of both worlds for the 12-3 Crusaders (5-0 Big Eight 3A Conference). She is averaging team highs of 13.1 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 steals. Reid earned all-conference honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior on N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) state playoff qualifiers – each of which tallied at least 17 wins and a second place conference finish.
“We have nine more regular season games,” Reid continued. “Hopefully, we will win them.”
Long, long ago, Reid won the respect and admiration of those within the Cardinal Gibbons program, including Crusaders coach Jessica Lowe – who knows more than any Cardinal Gibbons basketball player (girls and boys) about points prowess. Lowe (whose maiden name is Greiner) netted a school record 2,121 points from 1995-99 – the latter year being the team’s last in Father Price Gymnasium on the school’s previous Western Boulevard campus.
Ali Greiner (Lowe’s sister and assistant coach) crossed the 1,000-point mark before graduating in 2001.
“Maybe our two (Reid and Greiner) can add up to hers,” Reid suggested of Lowe’s total.
Reid concluded Friday’s triumph with 16 points, six assists and six steals.
“Morgan plays the point, handles the ball all the time, and guards the best player,” Lowe said. “She’s been fantastic.
“It’s their hard work. I just try and give tidbits, here and there.”
Crusaders who achieved the 1,000-point mark include (as named at time of accomplishment) Jennifer Meineke (Class of 1989), Beth Larson (’95), Pauline Moore (’98), Serena White (’04), Kaela Pearce (’04), Melissa Shafer (’08) and current U.S. Naval Academy student-athlete Chloe Stapleton (’10).
Reid, like Stapleton, is an alumnus of Saint Michael The Archangel Catholic School (Cary).