FAIRBURY – Morris began its girls basketball season, and the Kate Carey era, Monday with a 64-48 win over Decatur MacArthur at the Prairie Central Thanksgiving Tournament.
“We just came out flat in the first half. First-game jitters,” Carey said. “A lot of shots just were not falling. Their shots, anything they threw up just seemed to go in. Halftime, we just talked about playing our game. Made some adjustments on defense, and finally shots started falling.”
Julie Jurasits of Morris scored 11 of her career-high 24 points during the third quarter. She also had a career high in rebounds with 19, although the total only matches that of teammate Devin Pacheco for the team lead.
“It was just offensive rebounds, and getting underneath. I think that’s how half my points were [scored],” Jurasits said. “That’s what we had to do. We were struggling a little bit in the first half, so I just tried to get it down low.”
Morris went over seven minutes without a field goal to start, missing its first 13 attempts before Pacheco had a putback basket. The Redskins trailed 12-7 after the first quarter, but after 3-pointers from Jurasits and Alex Kjellesvik, allowed them to keep pace when MacArthur threatened to pull away early in the second.
At halftime, Morris was within 30-26 despite 7-for-33 shooting, largely because it attempted 21 first-half free throws, making nine. Also helping keep it close was the scoring of Pacheco, who had 10 of her team’s 26 points in her first varsity half.
“I was actually shocked that I scored that many points,” Pacheco said. “But I think that we played together as a team really well in the second half.”
Morris continues the tournament today versus host Prairie Central.