Jill Morrison turned the page to a new chapter of her life Sunday.
The recent Winchester High School graduate headed to her NCAA Division I women’s basketball career at Ball State University.
But on Friday and Saturday, Morrison got one last chance to represent the Falcons.
As she has done always, she represented them well.
Morrison scored eight points in Friday’s series-opening 84-78 loss in Kentucky, then added seven in a 100-86 Indiana victory Saturday.
She responded well to being a role player, going 2-of-7 from the field — 2-of-5 in 3-pointers — and 1-for-2 from the free-throw while adding a steal and a rebound in Saturday’s final.
“This week has been definitely a humbling experience for me,” Morrison said after Saturday’s win. “Coming from Winchester, I’ve always been the biggest role, the go-to player, and here, there were big-time players here and I wasn’t that go-to role, but I did the little dirty stuff and that was fine. It’s preparing me for Ball State and I feel that the week overall was really good and I’m happy with how it went.”
It was a busy week for Morrison as the all-stars competed in exhibition games and spent the week at Marian University.
“I got to say hello to her when I got here today and that’s about as close as I got to her,” Winchester coach Ed Geesaman said Saturday as he sat in the stands, along with what he estimated were triple figures in people supporting his former player.
“… We brought a lot of our players from Winchester,” he added. “I’m assuming, just looking around what I’m seeing, we’ve got a couple hundred people from Winchester here, just looking around, seeing both sides of the court.”
Morrison finished her Winchester career with 1,982 points, the all-time record for players of both genders in Randolph County, and the Falcons won four Randolph County Tournament titles in her four years at Winchester.
She helped Winchester win its seventh consecutive sectional crown and a TEC title this year as the Falcons went 7-0 in conference play, while also being named TEC Player of the Year.
“It was great seeing my coaches and my players here” she said. “Knowing that they still support me, because this is the last time I’ll represent as a Falcon, and so, just having their support was amazing here today and I think it motivated me to do what I did on the floor today and I’m just really happy about that.”
Geesaman added: “As a former coach, it’s just great to be able to sit back here and watch somebody like Jill out there that you know you coached for the last four years. She went out there and hit a couple 3s out there that just made me proud as a coach, because the fact is that I’ve seen that for four years, plus also her being able to know she’s going to go and play at Ball State. I can go up there and watch a lot of her games, whenever I don’t have to go coach at Winchester, so it’s just exciting being here.”