MORRIS — The Morris girls basketball team scored only four points in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon, but that was enough for the Lady Redskins (11-19) to come away with a 35-32 non-conference victory over Indian Creek to cap the Senior Day festivities on a high note.
Before the game, seniors Haley Aukland, Chloe Ostrem, Autumn Schultz and Alexis Smith, along with their parents, were honored for their contributions and commitment to the program.
All four seniors, along with junior Kyla Kjellesvik, started the game, and Schultz scored four of the first six points for Morris as Indian Creek led 7-6 with 2:55 to go in the first quarter. Morris took an 8-7 lead on a basket by Alexis Johnson, who had a team-high 10 points, and took a 9-7 lead into the second quarter after Kjellesvik made a free throw with 19.8 seconds left in the first.
The game was tight until midway through the second quarter. With Morris leading 13-12 following a three-pointer by Indian Creek's Madisyn Stanford, the Lady Redskins' Lainy Button hit back-to-back three-pointers and Smith scored on a drive to the basket in an 8-0 run that put Morris ahead, 21-12. Indian Creek scored four quick points on a basket by Madison Bogle and a pair of free throws by Brooke Heiman, who led all scorers with 20 points, to pull to within 21-16, but Morris' Mackenzie Lind (7 points, 6 rebounds) hit a three-pointer with a minute left until halftime to make it a 24-16 lead, an edge the Lady Redskins took into halftime.
Heiman scored all seven of Indian Creek's points in the third quarter, tying Morris' total in the frame. The Lady Redskins got a basket by Lind and a three-pointer and a basket by Johnson, taking a 31-23 edge into the fourth.
In the fourth, Indian Creek made a charge, thanks in part to seven Morris turnovers. A late basket by Heiman, who took a rebound and dribbled the length of the floor, brought Indian Creek to within 33-32, but Morris broke the Indian Creek pressure and Smith found Kjellesvik alone under the basket for the clinching hoop with 19.7 seconds left. A last-second three-point attempt by Indian Creek missed, and Lind grabbed the rebound to seal the victory.
"Our defense was really good for the most part," Morris coach Luke Windy said. "We had too many turnovers in the fourth quarter, but the defense stepped up. Their No. 10 [Heiman] is a nice player, and Autumn Schultz did a great job on her. Overall, it was a very good team effort by us tonight. We made some clutch plays when we had to and our scoring was very balanced, which was nice to see."
"It was nice to get the seniors to go out with a win their last home game. When I look at where they were in this program to where they are now, they have come a long way and I am proud of them."
Seven of the eight players on the roster scored for Morris, with Johnson leading the way with 10 points. Lind followed with seven, Button scored six, Schultz had four, Smith and Kjellesvik had six and Ostrem had two.
Morris finishes the regular season on the road at Kaneland on Thursday before beginning Class 3A regional play at Kankakee on Tuesday, Feb. 18 against the host school.