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Basketball players, coaches hit impressive marks

No. 7 moment of 2016-17 H.S. athletic season

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Camden boys basketball coach Mark Harnly (center) earned his 400th career win against Perquimans in December.

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By CRAIG MOYER Sports Writer

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The girls and boys basketball seasons brought several impressive statistical accomplishments from players and coaches around the area.

Four local players hit impressive milestones this season, including Camden’s Zach Robeson, Victory Christians’ Ayden Larabee and Currituck’s Lindsey Lykins, who all scored their 1,000th career point, while Northeastern’s Breanna Proctor recorded her 1,000th career rebound.

One the coaching side, two area coaches reached impressive career win totals this season, as Perquimans’ boys coach Tommy Johnson recorded his 500th win and Camden’s boys coach Mark Harnly won his 400th game.

Zach Robeson

The guard recorded his 1,000th career point in his team’s 80-22 win over Cape Hatteras back in December. He led the Bruins in his senior season with 18.6 PPG and finished his career with 1,361 points.

Robeson, who was named the Coastal 10 conference player of the year, will be playing for North Carolina Wesleyan this upcoming season. 

Ayden Larabee

For the Victory Christian junior, it only took three seasons to pass the 1,000 career point milestone. Larabee reached the mark on February 13, as she scored 36 points in her team’s 53-32 win over Bethel.

She led the team to a North Carolina Christian Athletic Association championship, as she scored 54 points in the three tournament games.

Lindsey Lykins

The senior reached her 1,000th career point in a 48-36 win over Pasquotank in February, where she scored 28 of her team’s 48 points. Lykins was named to the All-District second team this year.

The two-sport athlete, who led the Lady Knights softball team to a conference championship, will head to Virginia Wesleyan next year on a softball scholarship.

Breanna Proctor

Proctor, a junior at Northeastern, grabbed her 1,000th career rebound in February in a game against Currituck, then later in the game hit the game-winning shot with eight seconds left to give the Lady Eagles a 43-42 win.

She will look to reach another milestone in her senior season, as she needs just 62 points to reach 1,000.

Tommy Johnson

The Pirates head coach entered the season with 497 wins, just three away from an impressive mark, and his team did not take long to get him to the mark, winning their first three games of the season.

Johnston’s 500th win came in his team’s 71-61 victory over Ocracoke, as he went on to be named one of the Coastal 10 conference coaches of the year.  

Mark Harnly

The Bruins’ head coach could not have secured his 400th win in a much better way, as it came in a 74-54 win at home over rival Perquimans.

Harnly was named one of the Coastal 10 conference coaches of the year as he led his team to the second round of the state playoffs.

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