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Mon. January 9, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

Girls basketball: Plant's Kelly Brennan passes 1,000-point mark

When Plant coach Carrie Mahon saw Kelly Brennan as a freshman, she knew had found a scoring threat.

And Wednesday in a 60-17 rout of Robinson, Brennan, now a senior, achieved the gold standard of high school shooters: 1,000 career points.

As impressive as that milestone is, Mahon is most excited about the improvements Brennan has made in other parts of her game.

"Her defense, tempo and awareness of game situations have improved so much," Mahon said. "She understands that if we've missed two of three shots, we need to get a good look at the basketball. Sometimes it's better to drive in and score than settle for the outside shot. And if we're ahead and there's one minute left in the game, we don't have to shoot; they do. She's now this incredible, complete player.

"She came to me such an offensive threat, so it's just been great to watch this metamorphosis."

The 5-foot-8 Brennan, a three-year starter, leads the Panthers (14-2) with 12.1 points per game and has made 80 percent of her free throws (16 of 20), tied for the team lead among players who have attempted at least two shots.

She plans to play collegiately next year, Mahon said, and is weighing her current options while seeing if any more develop.

"We have some great players in this area," said Mahon, who coached previously at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. "And I'd take Kelly Brennan over anybody. Somebody is going to get the most incredible present in the world when they get her."

Know a kid who deserves kudos? Reach Laura Keeley at lkeeley@tampabay.com and follow her on Twitter at @LauraHomeTeam.

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