NORMAL — Morton's rising star Lindsey Dullard was in the gym on Thursday morning, shooting with her father, Keith Dullard. That night, the sophomore shined at the State Farm Classic.
Working on her game is something that she has done since she was 4 years old with her dad, who has played a major role in her development as a player.
Dullard has been called on to step up for the three-time defending state champions after they lost two-time Player of the Year Brandi Bisping to graduation.
“I was really reliant on Brandi last year, and now that she’s gone I need to step up so I need to be more confident in myself,” Dullard said.
She’s stepped up in a big way, as evident by scoring 10 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing two assists in a 63-49 win over Normal West. Her biggest contribution was defensively with four steals, three blocked shots and double-digit deflections. She is a true two-way playmaker.
The super sophomore plays the lead defender on the full-court press, protects the paint in a 2-3 zone and as a 6-foot-1 guard defends the opposing team’s biggest players.
“She’s a talented kid that we rely on heavily,” Morton coach Bob Becker said. “She’s our only true shot blocker, she’s long, she’s not only a 3-point shooter but she’s can drive, she’s been consistently good rebounding the ball (and) she’s a pretty good defender.”
Dullard already has five scholarship offers from Bradley, Southern Illinois, Evansville, Alabama-Birmingham and Valparaiso. On the year, she’s averaging 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks.
Despite only playing two years of high school basketball, she's mature as a player.
“We’ve spent a lot of time the last couple years focusing on getting that inner-strength inside of her,” Keith said. “It’s been intimidating coming in as a freshman on a team that’s won state; there’s a lot of pressure on it, and we just tried to keep it simple, keep it easy and kind of relaxed.”
Keith takes pride in the way Lindsey represents herself as an unselfish player with a great understanding of the game.
Said Keith: “You evolve into how everything she does on the court to life off the court to things that she can take with confidence like teamwork that she learns on the court that also translates to life off the court, and I think that’s the biggest thing that she probably learns through all of this.”
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