Earning a spot on the Indiana All-Star girls basketball team gives a pretty clear indication a player is among the 14 best seniors in the state.
Not that there wasn’t already a preponderance of evidence Winchester’s Jill Morrison belonged in that group.
Morrison was officially announced as a member of the team Thursday and will play against the Kentucky All-Stars on June 14 in Louisville, Ky., and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis the following day. For Morrison, this has been a long time coming in no uncertain terms.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” Morrison said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and so this was pretty much the ultimate achievement in my career and in my lifetime.”
Morrison, a Ball State signee, is coming off a season in which she led the Falcons to a 20-5 record and a sectional title, her fourth in four varsity seasons. She averaged 27.6 points per game, second-best in the state, and finished with 1,982 career points, which made her the top scorer in Randolph County history and put her on the cusp of the top 25 scorers in state history.
She is the first Falcon to make the team since 2010, when current Butler player Sarah Hamm was selected.
Morrison said she found out on Monday and described her heart dropping and tearing up as she heard the news.
She said she has played with fellow Indiana all stars Kate Curtis, of Lebanon, and Caitlyn Tolen, of Benton Central, on an AAU team and knows almost all of the other members of the all-star team through AAU or playing on the junior all-star team last year.
Winchester coach Ed Geesaman said he saw something special in Morrison four years ago, and described her as an utterly unselfish, team-first player despite her skills and prodigious scoring.
“It’s an honor for me, being part of her life for four years,” Geesaman said. “She’s such an outstanding person.
“Hard work paid off.”
In other news, Brownsburg’s Stephanie Mavunga was named the IndyStar Miss Basketball winner.