The Morton girls basketball team added another victory to its tally Tuesday night at the Potterdome, defeating Canton 64-28 in a Mid-Illini conference game.
The Lady Potters (11-0) have won 24 straight games dating back to last season.
Morton asserted itself early in the contest.
The Lady Potters opened the game on a 15-0 run, before eventually earning an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The run was without starters Brandi Bisping and Jacey Wharram, who played limited minutes in the game because of recent illnesses.
Morton forced seven turnovers in the first quarter, which proved to be the catalyst in its early lead.
“We got off to a terrific start and that was without two of our normal starters,” Morton coach Bob Becker said. “We started a little bit different lineup, but we got 12 defensive stops in a row to start the game.”
“When you get down 15-0 and then their best player comes in, it isn’t great,” Canton coach Layne Langholf said.
Canton fought back in the second quarter bringing the game to 28-16 with just five seconds left in the half.
However, there was just enough time for Bisping to drive down the court and make a half-court shot as time expired.
“That was a cool shot,” Becker said. “She shot it with perfect form from one foot. Plus it allowed us to win the second quarter and it gave us some momentum going into the break.”
Thanks to the strong play of sophomore Tenley Dowell in the first half (11 points), Morton held a 31-16 advantage at halftime.
“Tenley has made terrific strides (this season),” Becker said. “She is a long and lanky kid but she is incredibly tough. She has really improved her perimeter game. We can put her on one of the other teams best players defensively and she is just an attacker.”
The Lady Potters continued their dominance in the second half, using a 20-5 run in the third quarter to extend their lead to 51-21.
Overall, the Lady Potters outscored Canton 33-12 in the final two quarters.
Bisping came out firing in the second half, scoring 10 of her game high 17 points.
Morton used a balanced scoring attack, as 11 players registered points and converted seven 3-pointers in the contest.
Despite the difference in the score, Morton was tested physically, Becker said.
“Canton is always aggressive and physical,” said Becker. “They always are and gave us a good test tonight.”
“We had way too many turnovers early that led to points for them,” said Langholf. “Overall, (Morton) is a very good basketball team. They have so many kids that can shoot it and they just got too many open looks tonight.”
Anna Plummer led the Lady Little Giants with 11 points.