No downstate school had ever won three consecutive large-school girls basketball state titles — until the Morton machine rolled into Redbird Arena the first weekend in March and took charge again on Doug Collins Court.

After a 56-41 victory against Chicago Simeon in the semifinals, the Potters secured the trifecta with a 44-37 win against Rochester in the Class 3A title game. Journal Star Large School Player of the Year Brandi Bisping led the charge with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The title-game win was the 100th — against just eight losses — in the three-year reign for the Potters, a reign that started with a state title against Rochester in 2015.

The team even played a chunk of the 2016-2017 season without Bisping (mononucleosis), but role players played their roles to perfection.

“Everyone was an all-star in her role, even our scout team,” coach Bob Becker said in the familiar celebration at the Potterdome the day after the title win. And the Potters only graduated two — Bisping and Jacey Wharram — from that title team. No Illinois girls team has won four consecutive titles at any class.