Central’s Poston achieves career goal

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

WOODSTOCK — Katelyn Poston has had one main individual goal in mind since she started playing for Central three years ago and last week she achieved it.

Poston broke the all-time girls basketball scoring record at Central on Dec. 11, eclipsing the previous mark at 1,190 points held by current Central assistant coach Sarah DiNardo-Swartz.

“It’s still a super, surreal moment,” Poston said Monday after a win over Skyline. “One that I’m really grateful and thankful for. I can’t thank my teammates, my school, and my family and everybody, enough.

“It’s something I guess I kind of looked forward to since I was a freshman. It’s good that I finally reached my goal that I had for my high school career, and now to be able to focus more on a team goal.”

Poston broke the record in a 67-22 victory over Manassas Park on a four-point play. She drained a 3-pointer and was fouled with 3:26 left in the game, to move her to 1,192 points. She then made the free throw to finish with 26 points in the game.

The achievement is more than enough to earn the 5-foot-5 point guard The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 8-14.

Poston said she was flooded with texts and congratulatory messages on social media after breaking the record.

She also had eight steals in the win over the Cougars, and followed that up with a 21-point performance against rival George Mason on Friday.

“She had a great week,” Central girls basketball coach Mallory Skarupa-Minster said. “She certainly deserves everything she gets.”

Skarupa-Minster said Poston has become more of an all-around player this year.

“She wants to go post up. She wants to rebound. She’s more worried about her assists — making that good pass,” Skarupa-Minster said. “She’s a playmaker now instead of just a scorer. That’s what we need, we need other people to join her a little bit. That’s what makes your superstar, your superstar — they make everybody else on the team better. And that’s what she’s been able to do.”

Poston is averaging 22.3 points per game and has led Central to a 5-1 start to the season.

The Falcons’ only loss came on the road to George Mason, the defending Bull Run District champions, 46-40. Poston said despite the loss, it was a positive sign for the Falcons.

“We know we can hang with them, and that’s a game we definitely should have won,” Poston said. “A lot of things happened in that game. It’s a growth experience. Next time we see them on our home court, we should be able to beat them, hopefully.”

Poston now has 1,234 points and she said breaking the record was even more special because it was DiNardo’s.

“It’s definitely special to be able to break somebody’s record that I know personally, and having had the opportunity to spend these past few seasons with and kind of grow with,” Poston said. “And be able to look up to her, and see what she’s accomplished, motivated me to be able to accomplish that plus some more hopefully.”

While DiNardo no longer has the record, she still has something that Poston wants very badly — a state championship. DiNardo led the Falcons to the Group A state title in 1996 as a senior.

“She has it for now,” Poston said, with a laugh, of DiNardo’s edge over her. “I still have a couple more months of basketball and hopefully we can get there. That is something that she has and that’s our goal, obviously, for the season. It would be awesome to be able to achieve it in my senior year.”

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