Lanier brings program along with as she rises on Port Clinton record board

Port Clinton's DC Lanier looks to score.
Port Clinton's DC Lanier looks to score.

DC Lanier made 137 3-pointers so far.

Her strength is attacking the basket. People knew what it looked like when Lanier arrived in high school at Pot Clinton.

The junior made it a reality as an elite all-time talent for the program. She has 1,176 points and enhanced the single-season Port Clinton record for 3-pointers, topping her old mark at 51 last season.

Port Clinton's DC Lanier splits two defenders.
Port Clinton's DC Lanier splits two defenders.

Lanier averaged 18.7 points, four steals, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a junior. She made 27.1 percent of 3-pointers on 188 tries.

"I was more aggressive, I got in the paint more," she said. "It created more opportunities. I played a little harder."

She won't chase 51 3-pointers as a senior. It doesn't matter, especially when you already hold all the records.

"As much as I make," she said. "That's a big number. The good thing about that, make them and the [career] number goes up. I'll take the shot if I'm open or if I need to to win. I can drive, too. My strength is driving and finishing at the hoop."

Port Clinton's DC Lanier tries for a steal.
Port Clinton's DC Lanier tries for a steal.

She has one scoring goal remaining.

"My main goal is to be the all-time scoring leader, pass Adam Thorbahn, that's the main goal," she said. "It's definitely possible. If [51] happens, it happens. It's my senior year, I just want to finish strong."

She's 326 points shy of Thorbahn for Port Clinton's basketball high. Lindsay Mann scored 1,407 points atop the girls list.

She has plans to expand her arsenal.

"My left hand," she said. "I want to show off my left hand a little bit my senior year."

Port Clinton's DC Lanier looks to pass.
Port Clinton's DC Lanier looks to pass.

She averaged 20.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 steals as a sophomore. She made 37 3-pointers.

She averaged 18.3 points, four rebounds and 2.9 steals as a freshman. She made 33.6 percent of 3-pointers (49-146).

Port Clinton won six games two years ago and eight the next season. It won three games in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division, then five and then six.

Port Clinton's Olivia Spencer looks to score.
Port Clinton's Olivia Spencer looks to score.

Claudia Gillum and Taylor Bollinger are among seniors. Sophomores Olivia Spencer and Olivia Emerson occupy key roles.

"[Emerson] is a mini-Claudia," Lanier said. "She's feisty. She's small and she wants to rebound. She can shoot. She got more confident, that will be important next year. Spencer hits that shot when it counts.

"She can drive."

Port Clinton's DC Lanier looks to score.
Port Clinton's DC Lanier looks to score.

Port Clinton beat Woodmore to open the season and lost by three at Margaretta. Both earned conference crowns.

Lanier canned a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from midcourt to tie the game after two quarters and the momentum carried through the second half against the Polar Bears.

"We took a huge step up," she said. "It set us up for next season, 15 wins. We want to do better. We always want to do better every year. It set us up with the right mindset to win more."

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