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Warthen hits record 2,000 career points

WARRENTON, Ga. -- Everyone who knows Candice Warthen knows that she is one the most talent prep basketball players in Georgia.

And if by chance anyone didn't know it, they know it now.

For the senior 5-foot-5 point guard put on a dazzling performance against the visiting Thomson High Lady Bulldogs, as she broke the 2,000-point career scoring plateau. She finished with 29 points, as the Warren County Lady Screaming Devils defeated Thomson 52-40.

"It was very exciting," Warthen said after accomplishing her scoring feat -- one never before done by a female player at Warren County High School.

School officials were ready to stop the game after Warthen hit her 2,001st point, but she waved them off. The basket came with 4:29 remaining in the game. She hit a corner shot from about 10 feet away.

"I didn't want them to stop the game," Warthen said. "I was ready to get the game over with. I'm very, very proud of myself."

It was a feat she had wanted to achieve since coming up with the idea when she was a sophomore starter.

"This is something very special," Warthen said. "I'll never forget it."

One of the first things Warthen did immediately after the game was to run over to the bleachers where she embraced her first cousin, Jermaine Hudson, who also serves as her AAU coach.

"It was great to see her accomplish her dream of scoring that many points in her career," Hudson said.

Warthen's prep coach was pleased, too.

"I couldn't be any more proud of her," Warren County head coach George Lee said. "She's a special person with the right attitude."

Warthen recently signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Arizona next year.

Web posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009

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