BY SHERI TRUSTY
DC Lanier made Port Clinton High School (PCHS) history on Monday, Jan. 8, when she broke a girls basketball record that stood for three decades. During the game, Lanier surpassed the former career scoring record of 1,407 points held by 1993 PCHS graduate, Lindsay Mann Meek, making
Lanier the All-Time Leading Girls Basketball Scorer for Port Clinton High School.
Lanier knew she was close to breaking the record when she stepped onto the court, but her coach, Kevin Belden, kept her in the dark to keep her head in the game.
“My coach told me I could break the record on Monday or Tuesday, but I didn’t know how close I was. I wasn’t expecting it to happen on Monday, so I was confused for a second when the crowd exploded,” Lanier said.
Lanier didn’t have time to celebrate with the crowd. True to form, she kept focused on the game.
“I was shocked, but I still had a game to play, so I couldn’t get in the moment,” she said. “At the end of the day, it was a really good milestone and something I worked hard for.”
Breaking a 30-year record was the culmination of a commitment to basketball that began when Lanier was very young.
“I started playing by myself outside about 11 or 12 years ago, and then my mom started taking me to basketball camps,” she said “It was something I worked to be good at. I fell in love with seeing how well I could do as a kid and how much I could improve. I love playing a sport where I can improve every day.”
Lanier, who plays point guard, said her strengths are “being able to see the full court” during a game and her scoring ability.
“My whole life, I’ve focused on my shot – on my three-point shots and my free throws,” she said. “In high school, it was my goal to be the best I could be.”
Belden and PCHS Athletic Director, Rick Dominick, hosted a celebratory ceremony honoring Lanier prior to the Jan. 9 game. Several former PCHS girls basketball 1,000-point scorers attended to help Lanier celebrate. Among them was Mann Meek, who developed a friendship with Lanier as she creeped close to Mann Meek’s record.
“We’ve been communicating the last few months,” Lanier said. “It was really cool to share that moment with her.”
The ceremony didn’t mark the first time the Port Clinton community rallied around Lanier. Last summer, local residents funded her trip to play basketball in Australia with America’s Team, a worldwide traveling sports organization. A fundraiser, which had a goal of $6,000, raised $8,000 for the trip.
“The community helped me go to Australia, and it was probably the best moment of my life,” Lanier said.
After high school, Lanier will play basketball for Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, a school she chose partly because it reminds her of the Port Clinton community that has always supported her.
“It’s just like home,” she said.
Before she goes, Lanier has one more goal in mind: breaking the boys basketball scoring record.
“She’s about 80 points away. It will happen,” Belden said.
Lanier’s accomplishment on Jan. 8 was a milestone for Belden, as well.
“She’s had a lot of coaches, and this was a tribute to all her coaches and to all the commitment DC put in this year,” Belden said. “It was a very cool experience, but what made it even cooler was having the other 1,000-point scorers coming back to honor her.”