Bombers’ Moore hits career milestone
Brianna Moore knew one of the goals she set out to accomplish at a young age was within reach entering the season.
The Palmerton senior hit a major scoring milestone in a 59-27 Colonial League win over Catasauqua on Jan. 4.
Moore - who scored a game-high 27 points - hit a 10-foot jumper in the third quarter to become the 11th girls player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
It marked another accomplishment for the multisport athlete who has seen tremendous success during her career, and helped the Blue Bombers reach Colonial League and District 11 finals a year ago.
“Obviously, we had a target on our back coming off a great season last year,” said Moore. “The girls that we have are amazing. We have a pretty young team, and the talent that we have on this team is really good.
“Coming into the game knowing I needed 26 points, it was only going to be possible with the help of my teammates, and they really stepped up and came through and helped me make that happen. It was a really amazing night to be able to have all the support of my friends and family and everyone be there for me that night.”
Moore is averaging 17.64 points per game for an undefeated Palmerton team (11-0) that has already clinched a district playoff berth.
“It was a great moment, it really was,” said Blue Bombers’ head coach Dan Beck. “I knew she was a special kid when I saw her in eighth grade when I was an assistant coach; you could see she was a special athlete. I knew she was going to accomplish great things. But 1,000 points, it’s a great accomplishment. It’s not easy to do. It takes a special player to do that, and she is. She’s sincere, she’s very competitive and she’s a great team player also.”
Moore is a natural athlete.
In the fall, she set Palmerton’s single-season soccer scoring record, finishing with 52 goals and seven assists. She also helped Palmerton finish with an 18-4 record, and reach the District 11 Class 2A final, and the Colonial League semifinals.
Though she will continue her soccer career at Division I Duquesne University next year, basketball is no less important.
“I just love the sport,” said Moore, who had a season-high 32 points on Dec. 20 against Moravian Academy. “I started playing when I was five years old. I grew up around it. My mom (Laura) was a 1,000-point scorer in high school. That’s been one of my big goals since I was a young kid.”
Last year, Moore was second in the area in scoring, averaging 17.25 points per game
Brianna has leaned on her mom, who grew up in Saltsburg, near Pittsburgh, as she has navigated her own career.
“She’s always given me advice with everything,” said Brianna. “She grew up playing the sport and was really good at it, so she’s always been someone I can talk to about it, which has been really helpful. It’s great that I can share this moment with her, knowing that we both have passed the milestone of 1,000 points. It’s something special that we can have together.”
An incredible talent, Moore’s dedication and drive have pushed her to become a better basketball player, something Beck has watched evolve in his four years as the team’s varsity head coach.
“She is a natural athlete. She could probably play anything if she set her mind to it, and she’d be very good at it,” said Beck. “But with basketball, she’s quick, she’s strong, she’s aggressive, and she’s learning the game. She would go out there when she was in eighth grade and just dominate by running all over the place, and now she’s learning some ins and outs of the game. In the last four years, she’s learned more basketball court-sense and that kind of thing.
“But she’s fun to watch. Like (assistant) coach (Jim) Hay says, ‘She has one gear, and that’s fifth gear.’ She just keeps going.”
And it’s full speed ahead for Moore and the Bombers.
“Our goals are to get a league and district championship, and hopefully make a run in states,” said Moore. “And just to keep building together as a team, and working hard, and taking every game one step at a time.”