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Wills Lays Up Leadership on the Court

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Wills Lays Up Leadership on the Court

Sophia Lewis-Mussa

Sophia Lewis-Mussa

Sophia Lewis-Mussa

Pavle Ristic, Staff Writer

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Three after three, assist after assist. Senior Morgan Wills and the Girls Basketball Team are after it again looking to follow up their fantastic League Championship season and have gotten off to a great start already with a record of 18-5 losses thus far.

   Wills has had yet another standout season, as she has a chance at winning League Most Valuable Player, making First Team All-League, and leading the Cents to another League Championship. These accolades are due to her incredible athleticism and sportsmanship.

   When Head Coach David Asuncion was asked about what made her special he was quick to respond: “Her ability to shoot the basketball, sense of awareness about the game, and her calm demeanor.” Senior Co-Captain Sammie Staples also commented on her composure, “Morgan’s smile and positive attitude are extremely reassuring, especially when our team is struggling or lacking motivation.”   

    According to a high school sports statistics website, Wills has been able to use these special qualities to improve on her team-leading scoring average of 16.2 points per game last year to a League-leading 18.1 this year (maxpreps.com).

    Although the high scoring average makes Wills stand out on the court, there is much more than what meets the eye; the three-year co-captain does more than just score the basketball. “Morgan is very dedicated to improving her craft, she is always the last one to leave the gym, and that sets a great example for the rest of us,” said Staples. Being a great basketball player is more than just being great on the court, and Wills recognizes this stating, “I feel like I really push my team and always look at the positive. I try to rub off on my team and set a good example by pushing them in practice.”

  Expanding on her experiences as a captain, Wills added, “I feel like being a captain of this team has helped me a lot with inspiring and motivating others as well as myself.” Wills wants to use this experience leading a team in the future as well. “Being a captain  has taught me a lot. I’ve learned how to work with different types of people and how to be a leader and a friend,” Wills elaborated. Although Wills will not continue her basketball career beyond the high school level, she believes the experiences she’s had as a vital part of the team and her love for basketball will never waver.

   Asuncion added to what Wills said about being an model captain, stating, “Morgan is very skilled, and her three C’s: Character, Consistency, and Coachability, are what I think makes her special.”  Many young players in the program have something to strive for, to eventually become a player like Wills, and that is exactly why she is everything that you look for in a player on and off the court.

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