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Alone at the top, Woods sets scoring record

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Times Photo by Jared Lankford Score 2 points, then repeats over 600 times. Monett senior Kyle Woods set the all-time scoring record at Monett High School on Jan. 7. Woods has been a starter at Monett since his freshman season.
When asked directly, Monett senior basketball player Kyle Woods reluctantly admitted that he was nervous entering the Jan. 7 contest against Marion C. Early.

Entering the game, Woods needed 8 points to tie and 9 points to break Monett's all-time career scoring mark (1,285) set by Stephen Arnaud.

"I told myself that I wasn't going to be nervous and that this was just another game," said Woods. "The week leading up to the game all the kids at school kept asking me when I was going to break the mark. By the time the tipoff arrived, I was really nervous."

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Times Photo by Jared Lankford Score 2 points, then repeats over 600 times. Monett senior Kyle Woods set the all-time scoring record at Monett High School on Jan. 7. Woods has been a starter at Monett since his freshman season.
In the third quarter, Woods pulled down an offensive rebound, took one bounce, flipped the ball off the backboard and, as he had done hundreds of times before, watched the ball settle through the hoop. Only this time he set the scoring record.

"After it went in, I felt relieved," said Woods. "I was able to relax and just play ball."

Woods began his love affair of the hardwood in the second grade. He idolized the Los Angeles Lakers and more specifically their standout, Kobe Bryant.

His first taste of organized basketball action was on the Monett Sixers fourth grade team led by Monett youth coaching icon Steve Snider and Kyle's father Ron Markussen.

The Sixers' goal was to instill two principles in each of its players: the basic fundamentals and a love for the game of basketball.

Woods also looked to Monett Cubs players that he watched growing up for inspiration.

"I can remember watching Kirk Moore play and thinking about how that could be me one day," said Woods.

A four-year starter at Monett, Woods has continued to mature under Ty Goetz's system.

"To start (as a freshman) at a Class 4 school is impressive," said Goetz. "He has worked to make us a better team each year and has continued to mature as a player and individual."

Last season, Woods joined two prestigious statistical clubs at Monett High School.

He became the 18th individual to wear the purple and gold to score 400 or more points in a season, and he joined Kirk Moore, (1,000); Steve Johnson, (1,001) and Arnaud, (1,285) as the only Cubs to score 1,000 career points.

"It really hasn't set in that I have set the (all-time) record," said Woods. "It was a goal of mine to get to this point. Now that I have achieved my goal, I don't know how to react."

Goetz stated that the secret to Woods' success is that he creates matchup problems for the opposition.

At 6'3" Woods has the ability to shoot over smaller guards, drive past larger forwards and post up most teams' centers.

This year, he is being asked to play point guard for Monett.

"Traditionally, point guards aren't asked to score very much," said Goetz. "We have to have Kyle bring the ball up the floor out of necessity. The fact that he still leads us in scoring is a testament to his skills."

Woods was very humble when asked about who supported and inspired him the most.

"My parents (Ron and Trish Markussen) were always there for me," said Woods. "Whether I played really well or came home mad after a game they were there to listen and give advice."

Woods hopes to play college ball one day but knows that there is nearly half a season left to fulfill.

From now until then, every time he scores, the record book at Monett is rewritten.

Editor's note: Video of Woods' record breaking shot can be found at www.monett-times.com



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