Some student athletes play a couple different sports in High School. Whether its volleyball and softball, or basketball and track, athletes play different sports for different reasons. Sometimes you play, though, because you're pretty good at all of them.
Madison Morrison burst onto the North Lamar High School sports scene with a bang two years ago as a freshman. She immediately hit it off with girls older than her and developed a friendship on and off athletic field. As a sophomore, Madison was the starting short stop for the Pantherette varsity softball team. She was the backup point guard on the varsity basketball team as well.
With Kylie Halstead gone this year, Madison has moved into that starting role on the varsity squad. The junior reflects on what Kylie taught her on and off the court:
"She taught me how to be disciplined on the court, and how to control myself when the game gets the best of me. She taught me how to learn the game and how to slow it down and make it my game."
So far it looks like that philosophy is paying dividends for Morrison. In three games this year, she is averaging 15 points per game. Part of the transformation is new Coach Brett Harp. Madison describes him as being energetic.
"He's really involved during our practices," she explains. "He'll get out there and scrimmage with us."
Madison also plays soccer for the North Lamar varsity squad. But her true love is still basketball. She describes this year's team as a close knit group and even labels them as "a band of sisters." Not only on the court but off as well.
"We all would give and do anything for each and everyone of our teammates, and that's something you don't see often," she says.
Something else Madison took up this year was helping Coach Bulls and the athletic training staff during football season. It turned out being more work than she originally realized but she is grateful for the experience. She got to learn how to tape ankles and wrists for football games, something that may become beneficial for down the road.
Madison is looking at going to college for physical therapy. She's not sure which college yet because she's hoping to play ball wherever she does attend. So, for now, she's going to keep working on her basketball game and hope that it transfers to the next level.