The Morton Lady Potters defeated Limestone 50-34 in girls basketball action at the Potterdome Friday night to improve their record to 7-0.
Morton struggled in the first half, turning the ball over nine times.
“The first half we didn’t get the ball in the middle of the zone and we weren’t crisp at moving the ball around,” Morton coach Bob Becker said.
After opening up a 15-12 lead through the first quarter of play, the Lady Potters used a 10-0 stretch to end the second quarter with a 29-20 lead.
However, Morton’s run wasn’t done. Coming out of the half, Morton star forward Brandi Bisping scored the first 11 points of the halftime break — a 21-0 run for the Lady Potters over the course of six minutes.
“It helps build the confidence of the team when you go on a run like that,” said Bisping, who finished the contest with 18 points.
“It was fun to watch the run they went on,” said Becker. “We talked at halftime about how our intensity and energy levels could go up in the second half and I really thought that they did.”
It was the first game back in action for starting sophomore guard Tenley Dowell, who returned from an ankle injury. Dowell scored 7 points in her return to action.
“To get her back tonight made it feel like everything was back to normal,” Bisping said.
Despite being back-to-back 3A state champions, Becker believes that his team has found a way to stay hungry and humble.
“We want to be one of the hardest working teams day in and day out,” said Becker. “We want them to keep building their sisterhood, but we also challenge them to compete everyday.”
Behind the senior leadership, anchored by Bisping, Becker believes that his team has to stay hungry
Josi Becker added 11 points for the Lady Potters. Lexy Trammell lead the Lady Rockets with 10 points in the defeat.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Behind the strong play of Ryan Altenberger once again, Morton defeated Limestone in comfortable fashion, 61-38.
Altenberger lead the Potters with 22 points, including three 3-pointers.
Morton used a 15-5 run late in the second quarter to boost its lead to 32-17 at the halftime break.
The Potters built on their halftime lead in the second half behind a well-balanced scoring attack, with nine players scoring in the game.
“I liked that we controlled the defensive glass and we didn’t have too many live ball turnovers,” said Potters coach Jarrett Brown. “I am pleased that we took care of the ball.”
Limestone was led in scoring by Caleb Barber with 16 points, while Jadon Payton added 9 points.
Jarret Cryder (9 points), Zack Byrne (7 points) and Patrick King (6 points) rounded out the scoring for Morton.