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Morris dominates first half, defeats Sandwich

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Mark Johnson – mjohnson@shawmedia.com)
Morris guard Leona Burton (30) is defended on the fast break by Ashley Jones (5) and Vanessa Ortega (3) of Sandwich on Thursday. The Reskins won, 55-35.

From the first quarter on, Morris maintained a double-digit lead on Sandwich during a 55-35 varsity girls basketball victory Thursday at home.

Sandwich was shut out until the 5:30 mark of the second quarter, when Courtney Murphy made the first of two free throws. Ashley Jones made its first field goal, a pull-up jumper with 3:09 left in the quarter, to end an 0-for-18 slide.

Morris (5-3) scored the only 10 points of the first quarter, with Jessica Ponce getting five.

It added three more points before Sandwich found its first answer, and Katie Friend made a 3-pointer after the Murphy free throw as the Redskins built a 21-6 halftime lead.

“First half, I really liked it,” Morris coach Kate Carey said of her defense. “We’ve really been putting a lot of focus on that lately. They did a nice job. Holding a team to six in a half definitely is gonna keep me happy.”

Though Sandwich more than tripled its point total in the third quarter, the Redskins also had their biggest offensive output. Three-pointers by Julie Jurasits and Ponce helped Morris stay comfortably ahead, 40-21, at quarter’s end, and although Sandwich scored the first five points of the fourth, it never drew closer.

Morris had 27 turnovers, 12 of which came in the first half when it shot just 7 for 29 from the floor.

“Kinda reverted back to old ways,” Carey said. “A lot of times, we get in a panic and just kinda start making our own thing up, but second half, they just focused on running the offense and running it correctly, and they did, and they did a nice job. Now, if we can just balance the two [offense and defense], I’ll be real happy.”

Jurasits overcame a slow start from the floor to lead Morris with 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Ponce had 13 points, with Leona Burton scored seven, Katie Friend six, Jade Fisher five, Alexis Halcomb four and Emily Burling two for Morris.

“Score more for us, and dish out and have a lot of assists too to help my team score,” Ponce said of her approach to the game. “We played really good, more help-side than we usually do,” Ponce said. “

The Morris sophomore team (5-2) also defeated Sandwich 29-19 behind 11 points from Jessica Jurak, six points from Ryan Friend, five points from Addison Polite and three points from Janelle Brehm.

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