Wildcats’ Charkawi breaks mother’s scoring record

PADEN CITY – Like mother, like daughter, Cathy Boggs and Myah Charkawi share a competitive spirit.

Known as Cathy Mikes during her playing days at Paden City High School, Boggs finished her career as a Wildcat with 1,547 points. According to school officials, even though there is nothing written down on paper or on file that has a record of any kind in girls basketball, nothing exists that disproves Boggs set the single-game scoring record of 37 points in 1987. Now whatever record books exist has a new entry. This past Wednesday night with her parents in the stands, Charkawi surpassed her mother’s mark after finishing with 38 points in a 59-32 win against Hundred on her home floor.

“I wanted all year to break that record,” Charkawi said. “The season was dwindling down as far as my chances.”

At the outset, nothing appeared out of the ordinary as Charkawi managed just one point in the first quarter. The senior then caught fire with 16 points as Paden City built a 29-16 lead by halftime.

Charkawi’s scoring total reached 25 by the end of the third quarter as teammates began to create open looks especially for her. With 30 seconds remaining in regulation and the game well in hand, Charkawi walked to the free throw line needing one point to tie her mother’s total and two to break it. Both free throws went through the net without much question.

“It was unreal to see how her teammates reacted as Myah was getting close to the record,” Boggs said. “No one was looking for their shot. They were rebounding and getting her the outlet passes.”

Charkawi’s stat line consisted of nine field goals, including two 3-pointers, and 18-of-29 from the free throw line.

“I could not be happier that is was Myah who broke the record,” Boggs said. “I’m competitive, but I’m tickled that she beat me at something.”

At least, Boggs’ career scoring total is safe from her daughter’s grasp since Charkawi attended Tyler Consolidated before transferring to Paden City in time for her junior year.

Boggs, who opted for an education at Marshall University rather than continue her playing career at the collegiate level, teaches at the elementary level in Middlebourne. So even though the family lived a block from Paden City High School, it was only natural that Charkawi attend school in the Tyler Consolidated system.

Boggs coached her daughter during Charkawi’s freshman year on the Silver Knights’ junior varsity team.

“I felt bad for Myah during her freshman year,” Boggs said. “As a mother, you expect more out of your own kid. It was uncomfortable.”

This year’s Wildcats are only one game under .500 at 9-10. One of their highlights occurred two weeks ago at St. Marys High School when they defeated Doddridge County for the Division 2 championship of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational.

“Cutting down the nets was one of the best feelings,” Charkawi said. “We would love to win sectionals and move on.”

Living in the same house where her mother grew up, there are constant reminders of what Boggs accomplished as a player at Paden City.

“She has funny hair,” Charkawi said. “But I’m proud what she’s done.”

The kudos work both ways. Especially in the win against Hundred.

“We had just taken our lumps against Trinity Christian in Morgantown and Myah told me she was ready to go against Hundred,” Paden City girls basketball coach David Riggle said. “You could tell when she got to the school that night she was ready to play.”

Despite the absence of documented girls records at Paden City, athletic director Fred King said through talking to many people and asking questions about prior results, there is nothing to substantiate that Charkawi’s 38 points was not the record.

“With Charkawi’s record, we hope this is the case,” King said.