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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Knights top Potters for tournament crown

  • Chatham Glenwood gained a 13-point halftime lead Nov. 20 to wreck the Morton girls basketball team's season opener.

    The Potters outscored the Titans 14-7 in the third quarter, but it was not enough to prevent a 50-40 home loss.
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  • Chatham Glenwood gained a 13-point halftime lead Nov. 20 to wreck the Morton girls basketball team's season opener.
    The Potters outscored the Titans 14-7 in the third quarter, but it was not enough to prevent a 50-40 home loss.
    Emily Schultz topped Morton with 11 points and Emma Heisler had 10.
    Chandler Ryan added eight points for the Potters and Kate Byrne seven.
    Half of Morton's 14 baskets were from 3-point range, including three by Heisler.
    The Potters started slowly, with only 14 first-half points.
    Morton Thanksgiving Tournament
    Morton again hammered Normal Community Friday to begin its fourth annual round robin.
    The Potters have never lost to the fellow charter member of the tournament.
    This year's 63-25 victory gave Morton an average Thanksgiving victory margin of 29.3 points per game over the Ironmen.
    "I thought we had good energy early defensively," MHS head coach Bob Becker said of his team, which had just nine players available.
    Senior all-stater Sarah Livingston was among the players sidelined.
    The Potters raced out to an 11-0 lead and forced eight Normal Community turnovers in the first quarter.
    Two of Morton's youngest players fueled the offense.
    As the Potters built a 21-5 lead after eight minutes, sophomore Emma Heisler had seven points in a 55-second stretch and freshman Chandler Ryan poured in eight in the final 3:27.
    Ryan registered a game-high 21 points and Heisler chipped in 15. Ryan sank five 3-pointers and Heisler three.
    "When they step into their shot, they look good," said Becker of the guards.
    The players were active in looking for their shot and exhibited confidence when they were open.
    The Ironmen scored the first six points of the second period before Morton closed the half on a 15-3 spurt to expand its lead to 22 points at the break.
    Ryan had eight points, and three other Potters chipped in offensively.
    Morton blanked Normal over the final 4 minutes, 8 seconds of the third quarter and produced 11 points as its advantage swelled to 53-23.
    Ryan had five straight points before Byrne added four in a row. Bella Jackson closed the period with a bucket.
    Two more Byrne field goals gave her 10 points on the afternoon.
    Tenley Dowell and Logan Namanny later became the seventh and eight different scorers for the Potters.
    Schultz and Abbie Cox tallied six points apiece.
    The blowout victory, which featured minutes for everybody in uniform, was appreciated with Morton being shorthanded for the four-game tournament with arguably its strongest field.
    "I thought we would be tested early," Becker said. "It gives us a chance to try some things and see where we're at."
    Page 2 of 2 - Abby Bender's eight points were an Ironmen team-high total.
    The Potters edged Batavia, 65-63, Friday in the most exciting game of the first day.
    Morton overcame a combined 33-18 deficit in the second and third quarters to go 2-0 Friday.
    Byrne had 19 points to lead the Potters, and Ryan canned four treys to chip in 16.
    The Potters raced out to a 23-10 advantage after one period, but needed a 24-point fourth to fend off Batavia.
    Heisler drilled three 3s for nine points, while Jadison Wharram provided eight points for Morton.
    Liza Fruendt scored 23 for the Bulldogs to lead all scorers.
    The Knights overcame a 16-9 shortfall entering the second quarter to defeat the Potters Saturday, 59-47.
    Margins of 23-13 and 14-5 in the second and third periods, respectively, lifted Richwoods on its way to the championship. The Knights later dumped Normal Community, 48-28.
    Three players in double figures paced Morton.
    Ryan, with five triples, totaled 17 points, Byrne had 13 and Cox 10.
    Richwoods' Olivia Elger, a transfer from Notre Dame, topped all players with 23 points.
    The Potters toppled Moline, 44-41, in the Saturday night finale to take second place.
    Byrne's 16 points guided Morton (3-2) in its fourth consecutive tournament game against a Class 4A foe.
    The Potters now are 14-2 in the four-year post-Thanksgiving event.
    Ryan and Wharram had seven points apiece, and Schultz and Bella Jackson supplied five each.
    No Moline player was in double figures. Ashley Lewis had eight points.
    Tournament honors: Byrne and Ryan were among the eight players tabbed for the all-tournament team.

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