NRCS's Mosier having career year
Game after game Cristen Mosier puts up numbers as good as any basketball player in the region.
She averages 19.8 points a game.
She pulls down 10-plus rebounds nearly every game and in her last game she had a triple-double.
Perhaps the biggest number came earlier this season when Mosier scored her 1,000th career point for North Rome Christian Schoool.
"Oh my word, I couldn't believe it," she said. "It was really overwhelming. My coach is my pastor and my dad is an assistant coach and they presented me with the ball so that made it even more special.
"I am just extremely blessed. I think my team, my parents, my coach and definitely God."
Mosier was one of two players from North Rome this year to reach the milestone as Nick Stanton also hit the total on the boys' side.
"It is really neat that we both got it," Mosier said. "I know how he feels, it's a great feeling."
While some might try and dismiss the numbers because Mosier plays for North Rome, a school not affiliated with the PIAA.
However, the accomplishments of Angelia Laudermilch at Northeast Bradford this year start to show that there are some talented players at North Rome.
A year ago Laudermilch and Mosier made a strong 1-2 punch for the Eagles. This year Laudermilch is at Northeast Bradford and she's increased her scoring numbers she had at North Rome last year, putting up nearly 16 points a game, leading the team in scoring and rebounding.
"We get so excited for her," Mosier said. "She is such a role model for us. It's nice to see her succeed at Northeast.
"I'm just so proud of her. I believe that once my teammate, always my teammate. Everyone supports her."
The North Rome girls showed their support when Northeast Bradford held their Blue Game to fight Autism.
The entire North Rome team showed up, wearing blue shirts to support their former teammate.
For Mosier seeing Laudermilch switch schools, along with losing some talented teammates to graduation, has meant some big changes this year.
"I knew over the summer we would not get our seniors back and I was planning for that," Mosier said. "When I got the phone call that Gia (Angelia) was not coming back, honestly I cried at first.
"Then, I realized it was a huge opportunity for Gia and I was happy for her."
While there were a lot of changes in the lineup this year, Mosier started looking ahead to a new experience.
"Our team verse is Philippians 3-13 and part of that says forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
"Last year was a good year. But, this year is definitely different, it's a challenge, but it's a new experience and it's exciting."
This year Mosier has taken on a bigger role as a team leader, working with the younger players. However, what she's found is that she is also learning from many of them.
"I like it a lot," she said. "you'd think I would be able to teach them all a lot, but they have taught me so much," Mosier said. "We have girls that range from seventh to 12th grade and it's just such a great group and everyone has such great energy."
Mosier knows that Laudermilch left in part to give herself a better chance to play in college.
"It's a challenge sometimes," Mosier said of getting noticed by colleges at North Rome. "I haven't known any girls at North Rome besides Gia that wanted to play and she went out to Northeast to help herself."
For Mosier playing in college is something she hasn't ruled out, but it's not really on her mind.
"I don't really know," she said. "I am undecided, but I don't think so."
However, Mosier does want to stay involved in the sport and she will miss playing when this year ends.
"It's bittersweet," she said. "On one hand I will miss it so much, on the other hand I hope to come back and help coach."
Coming back and coaching at North Rome is something that Mosier knows she'd enjoy.
"It would be so much fun," she said. "I love all of these girls."
This year Mosier has seen teams key on her more defensively. She has had to adjust to a new group of teammates and a new leadership role.
However, it's been a year she has enjoyed.
"It is different for sure," she said. "In the past we had different leaders and a lot of different people on the team. We have been able to work together this year and it's been so much fun."