A Cannon has been at the center of the Atlantic City High School girls basketball team since 2002.

First, there was Tasha.

Now, there's Tiana.

Tasha was The Press' Player of the Year as a junior and senior. She finished her career with 1,590 points and 1,123 rebounds. She is now a sophomore at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, where she averages nearly 12 points and 11 rebounds a game.

Tasha graduated in 2006. Tiana began her freshman year that fall.

Tiana, now a 5-foot-10 senior, has sparked the Vikings to a 7-0 start. She averages nearly 17 points and is an excellent defender and rebounder.

Tiana scored here 1,000th career point in December and now has 1,039.

Tiana and the Cannons live in Stanley Holmes Village in Atlantic City. She is the youngest of seven children.

She spoke about her game, her 1,000th career point, Tasha and growing up in Atlantic City in an interview this week.

On being the youngest of seven children: I don't know if I can say it. It's easy for me. I don't want to use the spoiled word. But everything comes pretty easy for me.

On competing against Tasha: We play one-on-one, but we're goofy. We never look at it as something serious. We say, 'I can't play you.' But the time is coming when we're going to play for real.

On her game: I'm up-tempo. I like to run the floor and try to show leadership.

On her college plans: I'm looking at levels of schools, mostly in the Virginia and North Carolina area. It's warmer there, and the people are country. They're very welcoming.

On what she plans to study: I want to look at business and pharmacy. My uncle has been talking to me about being a pharmacist. He said a lot of (current) pharmacists are old, so I when I get out of college, there will be openings for me when I graduate.

On scoring her 1,000th career point on a fourth-quarter free throw during a 65-50 win over Perth Amboy on Dec. 27: It was exciting. The whole team crowded me. I was tired from working so hard during the game. They gave me the ball. You have to cherish that. I'm working with Mr. Campo (Atlantic City athletic director Frank Campo) on putting it in a case at the school.

On attending Atlantic City High School: It's like a big mall. When you're going to class, you see all your friends just like at the mall. Then the bell rings, and it's time to go in the class and get your work done.

On growing up in Atlantic City: It's fun at times. There's always something to do. You can go for a walk on the Boardwalk. I don't want to say it's a party town, but there's always something to do.

Michael McGarry