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Scouting the 2013-14 Morton Governors girls basketball team

2013-11-09T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013-14 Morton Governors girls basketball team nwitimes.com
November 09, 2013 12:00 am

Last year: 11-11, 6-0 GLAC

Team breakdown

To say Morton will be tested by top competition this season would be a vast understatement. The Governors open with two straight road games at Lowell and Hobart and host Griffith and West Side all within the first seven games of the season. The Governors have also added Lake Central, Crown Point and Michigan City to the second half of their schedule, giving them arguably one of the toughest slates in the region. A lot of injuries set the Governors back last season, but the team should be at full strength for the beginning of that tough stretch of games. Even with lots of players banged up last season, the Governors still finished .500 and won the Great Lakes Athletic Conference. They also lost four games by eight points or less. "Injuries have developed over the summer, but they're starting to come around. Lots of ice," Morton coach Tom Haluska said. With its most wins since the 2007-08 season when the Governors went 12-9, last season was a big confidence builder for the team. At full strength this year, the Governors could surprise some people. "I think the attitude and the work ethic and kids believing in each other and themselves is what's going to keep us together this year," Haluska said. "It's going to keep us going in the right direction. We might start out a little slow, but I think it's going to come together." -- Matt Douthett

Last season finish

Lost in Class 4A Sectional 1 opener to Highland.

Leading returning scorer

Alexis Casas, 11.5 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Tatyana Skinner, 6.2 rpg. 

Star power

Alexis Casas, Sr., G. Casas will be counted on for even more offense this season. She'll also be counted on for leadership as the Governors try to build off last season.

Newcomer to watch

Akhali Thompson, Sr., C. A transfer from Boone Grove, Thompson will fill the starting center spot and make an impact right away.

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