Rinker Sets Moorefield Career Scoring Record in Basketball Playoff Romp

Shattering the Moorefield Girls Basketball career scoring record which stood for 21 seasons finally came to fruition with a 3-pointer by senior Lindsey Rinker on a third period buzzer beater during a 91-2 romp over Paw Paw in the Class A Region II Section 2 quarterfinals last Saturday.

Moorefield alumna and former West Virginia University Women’s Basketball player Jess Fisher held the career scoring record of 1,406 points since 1999 and it was 21 years removed before it was broken by No. 21.

Rinker knew about the record since being in middle school and was determined to set the new school record during her career and did just that against the Pirates scoring a game-high 23 points as her total is currently at 1,409 points and counting with more playoff games ahead.

“I have been working on this since I was in eighth grade and Coach Keplinger was my gym teacher. We always talked about playing in high school and wanting to go to the state tournament. After scoring 416 points my freshman year and finding out what the recored was, I pushed myself everyday. My teammates helped me accomplish that goal and it is so much relief to have achieved it tonight,” Moorefield Girls Basketball all-time career scoring record holder Lindsey Rinker commented.

“Coach Keplinger asked me if I wanted to wait and I told him I wasn’t going to play selfish, but if I got my shots I would take them. To break it tonight was a huge relief on me and a great accomplishment. I am glad my family was here to enjoy it. To know it wasn’t just one of my goals, but my former coaches, my friends, family and everyone, It wasn’t just my goal, I give all of them credit on this amazing feeling. I got a little discouraged along the way, but my teammates were there to encourage me and told me to keep shooting and that they would get me the shots. They just told me to keep shooting and that was the mindset I had tonight. Breaking that record is a huge playoff boost and I was nervous I wouldn’t have enough games to break it. I didn’t play a lot the past couple of games and freaking out a little. I had a chance tonight, so I went ahead. I asked my teammates if it would make me a bad person to break the record tonight and they said no way, because you’ve been working so hard for this and deserve it 100 percent. Even on a fast break layup, coach told them to give

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Moorefield hosted Pendleton County in the semifinals yesterday with the other semifinal contest being between Union and Tucker County. The Tigers edged East Hardy 38-36 to reach the semifinals and Tucker County beat Harman. The section championship will be held in Petersburg on Thursday night with both teams earning a spot in the Class A Region II Championship games with a state tournament berth on the line.