Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) senior Taylor O'Brien has broken the school's basketball career scoring records. The 5-foot-9 guard scored a career-high 36 of the Colonials' 57 points in a dramatic 57-55 overtime win at Upper Dublin on January 6. That gave her 1,623 points to surpass the 1,615 scored by Nikki Flocco between 1993 and 1997. Amazingly, O'Brien eclipsed that mark in 31 fewer games.
On January 9 at home against Hatboro-Horsham, O'Brien banked home a 3-point shot with 3:57 to play in the third quarter to become the all-time scoring leader in PWHS history. The trey gave her 19 points for the game and 1,642 for her career, one better than Thomas Young scored for the Colonial boys between 2003 and 2005.
"Taylor O'Brien will go down as one of the greatest athletes to ever walk the halls at PW," said Head Girls' Basketball Coach Dan Dougherty. "She undoubtedly will be remembered as the greatest basketball player."
A three-year team captain, O'Brien led the Suburban One League in scoring last season with 663 points and was the only junior named First-Team All-State. She helped lead PWHS to a 27-3 record, tying the mark for most single-season wins in school history.
"Taylor has led our program to new heights," Coach Dougherty said. "She has done so while having to face every game knowing she will be the focus of each opponent's defense."
O'Brien has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bucknell University next season.