As a sophomore, Dara Pearson has emerged as Hampton’s second-best threat on offense behind point guard Khadijah Berger. But no one could have predicted what she did Wednesday night.
With Berger still sidelined by a knee injury, Pearson scored a career-high 43 points in the Crabbers’ 87-11 win over Denbigh. It was the highest scoring total by a Peninsula District girl since Warwick's LaQuanda Younger scored 45 against Heritage in 2011.
“And she didn’t play any of the fourth quarter,” Hampton coach Eric Scott said of Pearson. “She could have 50 or 60. It was that kind of night for her. She was really locked in.
“She was very active offensively. She had the size, so we went to her and she converted.”
In one night, Pearson’s scoring average went from 11.5 points a game to 13.4.
Already an outstanding rebounder and shot blocker, Pearson has improved on the offensive end. Most figured her scoring would rise with Berger sidelined, but it actually dropped a little. Coming into the Denbigh game, she had scored 29 points in her last three games.
But Wednesday night, the Patriots had no answer for her. Pearson ended up scoring nearly four times as many points as Denbigh did as a team.
“I think she can be if not the best, one of the best players in the league going forward,” Scott said. “She has that type of potential. She’s long, athletic, and she runs like a deer.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times