Devin Coulter wasted no time adding to his milestone point total.

After being honored before the game with a basketball signed by his teammates and with “1,000” written on the side, Coulter scored 15 of Houston’s first 25 points as the Tigers built an early lead and downed Summersville 45-36 Friday night inside Hiett Gymnasium.

Coulter finished with a game-high 22 points and has scored 1,044 in his career with the Tigers.

“It means everything. Words can’t describe it,” Coulter said of the milestone. “It was an awesome experience, especially doing it with my teammates.”

A four-year starter for HHS, Coulter had 859 career points entering his senior campaign. He surpassed the 1,000 point mark Dec. 28 against Norwood in the Cabool Holiday Tournament.

Coulter said he began thinking midway through his junior season about reaching the four-digit plateau. The most recent Tiger to hit the mark was Kyle Poynter, who graduated in 2010 with 1,186 points.

“I just said to myself that I was going to get it,” Coulter said. “I just knew I had to go out and play. There was no pressure at all.”

Senior Aaron Cantrell joined Coulter in double figures with 10 points against Summersville. Kolby Walker added seven.

Coulter’s scoring average is down from 21.0 last season to 16.8 through the first 11 games. But that’s by design. First-year coach Rob Coffey has changed Coulter’s responsibilities with this team.

“I’ve tried to get away from him having to do all the scoring for us and let him help in other areas like bringing the ball down the floor and leadership,” Coffey said. “But he can still go out every night and put up 20. He’s done what I’ve asked and more this year.”

It was Coulter’s scoring punch that helped Houston (5-6) pull away from Summersville.

With HHS ahead 15-9, Coulter scored while being fouled to start a run of 10 consecutive points. He had a steal and layin on the next possession and after a Summersville basket, drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Coulter finished the spurt with a basket that put the Tigers ahead 25-11.

Houston extended its advantage to 16 points on Walker’s jumper late in the third quarter. But Houston never quite put Summersville away as the advantage lingered around single digits in the fourth quarter.

“We had a few opportunities to stretch the lead out and didn’t,” Coffey said. “But overall, I felt like we had control the entire game.

“We sometimes play up or down to the level of our competition. I still think our best games are yet to come and that we’ll continue to improve.”

JUNIOR VARSITY: Kobe Sutton led three players in double figures with 14 points in the JV Tigers’ 53-29 victory Friday against Summersville.

Dylan Hooper scored 13 points and Skylur Malam had 10 for Houston, which led 29-8 at the half.

BOX SCORES

Friday’s games

VARSITY

Summersville        5      9      7      15      –      36   
Houston    10    15    12    8    –    45 

SUMMERSVILLE (36) – Levi Mahan 4. Hunter Duncan 5. Jaret Holden 4. Josh Wells 4. Devon White 4. Gus Hawkins 15. FG 14. FT 8-11. F 15. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Duncan).

HOUSTON (45) – Nathan Poynter 4. Devin Coulter 22. Aaron Cantrell 10. Kolby Walker 7. Keegan Spurlin 2. FG 17. FT 10-17. F 11. (3-pointers: Coulter. Fouled out: none).

JUNIOR VARSITY

Summersville        4      4      15      6      –      29   
Houston    13    16    16    8    –    53 

HOUSTON (53) – Lucas Kelley 4. Dylan Coulter 6. Kaleb Adkison 4. Kobe Sutton 14. Skylur Malam 10. Cameron Root 2. Dylan Hooper 13. FG 20. FT 10-12. F 8. (3-pointers: Sutton 2, Hooper. Fouled out: none).

A year-by-year look at the point totals for HHS senior Devin Coulter on the way to 1,000 career points

Freshman – 160

Sophomore – 203

Junior – 496

Senior – 185 (through 11 games)

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