Weekly Sports Wrap-Up: Basketball Forward Kate Perko Makes 1,000 Career Points


Kate Perko driving the ball toward the basket, against a defender
Photo by Marc Ridel

Jan. 30: Basketball game against Salem College


On Jan. 30, the team won their first game of 2022 against Salem College with a final score of 66-62. During this game, junior Kate Perko scored 25 points and hit 1,000 career points.


“This milestone is a reflection of my own hard work and dedication to the game but also the consistent support from my family, coaches and teammates,” Perko said. “I am so appreciative of all the time and energy they have put into me and I’m so thankful to my MCBB family for making this accomplishment possible!”


Perko said that following her achievement, she’s focused on “doing what [she] needs to do to help [her] team succeed and continue to get better individually.”


During the Jan. 30 game, Piper Carriere scored 12 points, Mikayla Thompson scored nine points and De'ja Morgan scored nine points. Lindsay Bell scored 11 points and made the final two free throws that won the game.


Jan. 30: Track and field at Vince Brown Invitational


The track and field team traveled to Christopher Newport University to compete in the Vince Brown Invitational on Jan. 30. Corrine Weaver set two school records, winning the mile run with a 5:18.94 time and also placing first in the 3,000 meter run with a 10:59.28 time. Abby Black set a new personal best and a Meredith College record in the weight throw at 21 feet 8.75 inches and scored 10th place overall. In the high jump, freshman Sophie Phillips placed 7th with a 1.4 meter jump.


Isabella Saudo placed just outside the top 10 at 12th place in the 3,000 meter run, and she placed 22nd in the mile run. Andrea Gallegos, Kaylee Spencer and Michelle Gladdis all placed just outside of the top 10 in the 800 meter run at 11th place, 14th place and 16th place, respectively. Freshman Keerthi Tammineni placed 23rd in the 800 meter run. Gladdis and Spencer also finished in the top 20 in the mile run. In the 400 meter dash, freshman Shelby Frye placed 21st and sophomore Jazmin Reyes placed 24th. Frye also placed within the top 20 in the long jump. Reyes and senior Shaniya Taylor placed 20th and 21st in the long jump. Freshman Taylor O’Neal made the top 30 in the 200 meter dash.


Feb. 1: Basketball game against William Peace University


The basketball team won their game against William Peace with a final score of 59-38. Perko scored 13 points and had 21 rebounds. Thompson scored 11 rebounds with four assists. Bell scored 10 points with three rebounds. Ryley Bolyard scored six points and had seven rebounds. Morgan scored five points and seven rebounds. Piper Carriere scored five points and had three rebounds. Danika Ray scored four points and had one rebound. Freshmen Emma Lodge and Barresha Jones each scored two points, while freshman Grace Ledford scored one point.


Feb. 4: Basketball game against Southern Virginia University


The basketball team lost their game against Southern Virginia with a final score of 83-47. Perko scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds. Ray scored nine points and had two rebounds. Morgan scored seven points and had three rebounds. Thompson scored six points and had four rebounds. Bell scored five points and had one rebound. Carriere scored two points and had four rebounds. Ledford scored two points. The basketball team’s next game is on Feb. 6 against Mary Baldwin University. Their next home game will be on Feb. 12 against Greensboro College.


Feb. 6: Track and field at Richard Drake Invitational


On Feb. 6, the track and field team traveled to Virginia Beach to compete in the Richard Drake Invitational. Weaver topped her own school records from the Vince Brown Invitational and placed 2nd in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:46.84 and 4th in the mile run with a time of 5:17.26. Julie Tonon also placed in the top 10 in both the 3,000 meter and mile runs, coming in 9th place in the mile run with a time of 5:35.68 and 10th in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 11:19.11. Phillips placed in the top 10 for the high jump, coming in 9th with a distance of 1.37 meters.


Gallegos and Spencer placed in the top 20 in the mile run at 16th and 18th place, respectively. Spencer also placed 18th in the 3,000 meter run. Gallegos also placed 15th in the 800 meter run. Gladdis and Saudo placed within the top 30 of the mile run, and Gladdis placed within the top 25 of the 800 meter run. In the 200 m dash, Grace Olufemi-Ajayi placed 30th with a time of 28.86 and O’Neal was right behind her in 31st with a time of 29.02. In the long jump, Taylor and Frye placed 31st and 34th with distances of 3.94 meters and 3.64 meters. In the shot put, Black made the top 30 with a distance of 6.45 meters.


By Mia Russell, Staff Writer, and Olivia Slack, Co-Editor in Chief

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