Girl Power: All Around Athlete 6/17/13
Whether she meant to or not, Midland Greenwood's Morgan McKee has set the bar high for herself.
"I think it's rare for somebody like her to be able to achieve what she's already achieved and not even played her senior year yet," said Rangerettes head basketball coach Quint Anthony.
McKee just wrapped up her junior year at Greenwood High School where she had another record-breaking spring.
"For us, she's the best high-jumper we've ever had," said Todd Martin, the Greenwood track and field coach. "She's the school record holder, she's actually broken it three or four times now."
Nothing new for McKee, who has been putting herself in the Greenwood record books since freshman year. The magic number was 5 feet, two inches when she arrived at the high school level, but McKee has since shattered that, holding the current school mark at 5'6" which gave Morgan her 3rd consecutive ticket to Austin.
"It was a lot of pressure," Morgan said. "I felt like I had a lot to live up to but it turned out pretty good."
Yeah I would say so, the Rangerettes basketball season also turned out pretty good, making the area round of the playoffs for the 5th straight season. A starter since freshman year, Morgan has been the key to the success of the Greenwood full-court press, averaging 2.5 steals to go with 10 points and 4 rebounds per game.
"There's definitely a lot of time and effort that's got to go into it," she shared.
"She's a great rebounder because of her jumping ability, great defender and overall, she's our best team leader as well," Anthony added.
But where does it come from? That jumping ability.
"People always ask me that and I don't know," Morgan said with a chuckle.
"She has no athletic genes in her," said Morgan's father, Richard. "Her mother didn't play sports, I didn't play sports so I don't know where she gets it."
But who cares? Morgan can jump and that's that. She's taken the talent and made it her own. A talent that helped her become this year's District 4-3A Defensive Player of the Year and an All-State selction. A talent that has her thinking a senior year full of success.
"I know a lot of people are expecting a lot out me but I just have to go out there and do what I'm capable of," said Morgan.
Morgan heads into her senior year with some lofty goals, and she'll likely leave with a sense of satisfaction.