By Danny C. Davis
Clinton High School senior Taelar Felton hit a milestone with her one thousandth point scored on December 5 at home against Northwest Rankin.
Lady Arrow head coach Pearline Fairly was not surprised, after Felton became a varsity starter for CHS as a ninth grader.
“Taelar was very good as an eighth grader; but we had a very talented team that year and waited for her ninth-grade year to move her up to varsity, and she has been one of our leaders on the court since then,” said Fairley.
Felton is leading the team this season, averaging 20.5 points per game. She also leads the team in just about every statistic, including 79% field goal shooter, a 3.2 per game rebounder, and a 3.6 assist average.
The Lady Arrows are having a pretty good year behind Felton and others, with a top 25 ranking in the Clarion-Ledger Top 25 Varsity Poll and a 12-6 record at press time. Felton has been named to the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen for the third consecutive year, the only one in the state this year with that honor.
In addition, Felton was also recently selected to play for the Mississippi girls’ team in the Mississippi/Alabama All Star game, set for noon on Saturday, March 9, at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
Felton, a Clinton native, did not always play basketball. She took dancing as a child, and she was on the junior high track and field team in the seventh and eighth grades and did AAU Track in the summers.
But, after a stellar eighth-grade basketball season at Clinton Junior High School, she only focused on one sport.
Towards the end of last season, she knew she was close to scoring the thousandth point.
Felton was honored with a plaque at the next home game following the game against Northwest Rankin. She had scored a career high 38 points earlier this year.
Upon graduation, she plans to play at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on the coast for two years and then hopefully will get an opportunity at a higher level.
She also had offers from the University of Louisiana Monroe and University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, but opted to keep her commitment with Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“I had a great visit to Miss. Gulf Coast, and it really felt like home down there. It was a positive visit,” said Felton, who plans to major in criminal justice.”
“Right now, my focus is for us to win out district and then win the state championship,” said Felton.