Girls Basketball: Morris tackles whirlwind schedule

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Updated: June 25, 2012 5:36PM

Most high school girls basketball teams in Illinois play 25 to 30 games a year during a regular season that stretches from November through March.

In two tournaments alone in June, Morris played 26 games in a nine-day stretch.

That’s not a misprint.

The Redskins traveled to Kirksville, Mo., to participate in the Northwest Missouri Team Camp June 12 through June 15 and there was a flat fee to cover eight games. But the camp’s website said for an extra $25 per game, teams could “play as many games as you want.”

So the Redskins played seven more games and forked over a few more bucks for a total of 15 games in four days against varsity and JV teams mostly from that area.

“We played so well down there. We really hustled,” Redskins senior guard Sydney Corrigan said. “We won a lot. I think we lost just four or five. I was hoping we could bring that effort and hustle back to Morris.”

The team hosted the 32-team Morris Shootout last week. With a couple of teams pulling out, the Redskins were forced into double-duty and played 11 games but could pick up only one victory.

The up-and-down ride has given coach Luke Windy a chance to see his team succeed and struggle against various levels of competition. He hopes that come November the Redskins will resemble the 19-11 team from two years ago and not the 7-22 squad from last season.

“We’ll be young,” Windy said. “We have a lot of new girls. I think in our tournament the heat and humidity in the gyms started to wear our girls down. I think we’re going to compete with a lot of teams. I don’t think we’re going to get blown out too many times.

“They are competitors. They want to win. We’re going to be stronger than we were last year, that’s for sure. This group wants it a little bit more.”

The development of sophomore Julie Jurasits will be a key. She was brought up to the varsity as a freshman and averaged seven points and 3.5 rebounds per game while earning honorable mention on the All-Northern Illinois Big 12 East team. She also made honorable mention on the Herald-News All-Area team.

Corrigan, who averaged two points per game last season, and junior Katie Friend (three points, two rebounds per game) also bring in experience.

Others who have been getting experience include senior Bernadette Cheshareck and juniors Mandy Feeney, Kellen Bernickus, Jade Fischer, Lauren Severson, Val Pfaff and Ashley Bojovic.

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