By: Ed Morrone
PHILADELPHIA--The older brothers of Kaitlyn Carter and Carmen Williams may have gotten to the 1,000-point mountaintop first, but Carter and Williams arrived together during the same game at nearly the exact same moment.
The Penn Charter senior basketball teammates each hit the 1,000-point milestone in Friday’s 65-28 home victory over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, each doing so in the second quarter. Williams, who entered the contest with 991 career points, connected on a foul line jumper with 5:26 remaining in the first half, while Carter, not far behind with 987, got there on a driving layup less than three minutes later.
It was a fitting result for Carter and Williams, who have been in important leadership roles for the Quakers since they were sophomores. The win pushed Penn Charter to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in Inter-Ac play; the team was so dominant in this one that Carter and Williams watched most of the second half action from the bench, finishing with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Pictured L to R: PC Head Coach Joe Maquire, Kaitlyn Carter, Carmen Williams & PC Athletic Director John Thiel (photo by Zamani Feelings)
Now, they’ll get to share the accomplishment for eternity with their older brothers — Carter’s brother, Matt, scored 1,000 points at MaST Charter, while Mason Williams, like his sister, did it in a Penn Charter uniform. It was a special moment for both players, and it showed just how important each is to Penn Charter’s success. Carter and Williams have led the way in victories in 11 of the team’s first 12 games after pacing the Quakers to a 23-7 overall record and a second-place finish in the Inter-Ac a year ago.
“It’s surreal,” Williams said. “Just really hard to do, which I already knew since my brother also scored 1,000. Not a lot of people get there, so it’s kind of cool that both of us were able to do it after our brothers did. That can’t be something that happens very often. Mason also did it against SCH, which is a funny coincidence. He’s been cheering me on the entire time, and he trains with me, so it was important to our family that we both get there.”
“It’s an unreal feeling,” Carter added. “My brother scored his 1,000th point two years ago, and I’ve always looked up to him and wanted to continue that tradition in our family. I remember the day Matt did it, all I kept thinking about was, ‘Can I do it?’ It’s going to be amazing to go home and put my 1,000-point ball next to his. For both siblings to have that number, it’s just special.”
Led by Carter and Williams, the Quakers played an efficient offensive game, leading by 11 after one, 27 at halftime and 46 after three quarters. However, the team somehow may have been even better on defense, cajoling the Blue Devils into a turnover or bad shot on seemingly every possession.
The Blue Devils (3-6, 0-1) were also no match for Penn Charter’s depth, with nine players scoring for the Quakers. In addition to Carter and Williams’ heroics, the home team got 10 points from Kelsey Bess, eight apiece from Aleah Snead and Bella Toomey and seven from Amani Rivers. Layla Sawyer scored a team-high seven points for SCH.
“It was probably one of the weirdest first halves I’ve ever coached,” Penn Charter head coach Joe Maguire said. “You could tell some of the girls were passing up shots to get the ball to Kait and Carmen, so it was a big relief once it happened. It was a lot of pressure on them, especially playing in a league game, with everybody expecting it to happen. All that stuff was going through their minds all week.
“Just to see their progression as kids turning into young ladies and basketball players, they were thrown into leadership roles in their sophomore year. It was great for them to have gotten the chance to do it together at Penn Charter in front of a very good crowd.”
Now that Carter and Williams have crossed the 1,000-point threshold, the Quakers can shift their focus on chasing down a league title. To do so, they’ll likely have to go through archrival Germantown Academy, a team Carter and Williams have yet to beat in their time with the program.
Williams and Carter Celebrate 1000 points holding signs made by their team (photo by Zamani Feelings)
“We’re definitely looking to get there,” Williams said. “We just need to play with the same intensity. We’re playing really well together. We all know that’s the team we haven’t beat. Our defense has really been there, and we want to be the top team in the city by the end of the season.”
“Last year we had a really good season, and Coach Joe always says don’t depend on that for this year,” she added. “Obviously, we want to beat GA. Carmen and I haven’t beaten them in the four years we’ve been here together.”
They may get their wish. League play continues January, 7th. for the Quakers as they travel to face Germantown Academy. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.