Maria Morgan sets Bucktail scoring record

BLOOMSBURG – Watching a player like Maria Morgan is simply a treat.

And much like the shots she takes, records just seem to fall every time she steps on the court for Bucktail.

In Friday night’s game against CMVT, Morgan dazzled with her offense. And after posting a just 12 points, which is nothing for Morgan, who averages close to 30 points a game, she became the school’s all-time leading scorer, passing 2000 standout Holly Edwards.

Morgan made the first basket of the game, finished the first quarter with four assists, and grabbed the record at 1:08 with a driving layup.

Bucktail played like a team hoping to honor a player that has done so much for them. The stepped up effort allowed the Bucks to take control early, which helped secure the 60-21 win over the Rams.

Morgan played like she had nothing on her mind at all, dishing the ball to open teammates and helping Bucktail (4-3) open on a 31-3 run.

“The goals will come,” Morgan said. “You just have to go in with an open mind and not force it. I feel like if you force it, it won’t happen.”

There was nothing forced about Morgan’s team-high 29 points.

After scoring the first basket, Morgan dished out three consecutive assists before scoring her next point.

“You have to trust your team, and I trust my team,” Morgan said. “It helps so much.”

The group around Morgan has given her plenty of reasons to trust them. Tiffany Wertz recorded a career-high 18 points to go with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Hannah Shearer, who scored a career high against Austin, finished with nine points, nine rebounds and a block.

“She’s a great team player and all the players love her,” Bucktail coach Carl Gentzyel said. “She’s very unselfish and a great all-around player. She’s just so good at creating opportunities for the other kids.”

The runaway first quarter ended in the perfect fashion as Morgan drove to the basket to pick a foul and bucket. She made the ensuing free throw with little effort to give Bucktail 31 first quarter points.

As Morgan rightfully took the spotlight, her teammates played just a well to put the game out of reach after the conclusion of the first quarter. .

Wertz grabbed five rebounds and finished the first quarter with 10 points. Shearer was just as good, securing five rebounds and three points.

“Maria makes it so tough, because when you guard her it will leave other players open,” Gentzyel said. “She just gives us so many options.”

Morgan also got it done on the defensive side, as well. She ended the game with seven steals and a block.

“It’s very special,” Maria’s father James Morgan said. “She just continues to work.”

The defense as a whole was stellar, forcing 19 turnovers. It also limited the Rams (0-11) to single digits totals in each of the four quarters.

Bucktail is currently on a three-game winning streak, which puts them a game above .500. The Bucks will look to continue the post-Christmas-break run against Montgomery Monday.

Bucktail (60)

Maria Morgan 12 4-6 29; Shae Cowfer 0 0-0 0; Alaina Tripp 2 0-0 4; Cheyanne Casper 0 0-0 0; Abby Ransom 0 0-0 0; Natasha Peck 0 0-0 0; Allison Schenck 0 0-0 0; Tiffany Werts 9 0-0 18; Hannah Shearer 4 1-5 9; Mary Fecteau 0 0-0 0; Tiffany Helgran 0 0-0 0; Emily Mills 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 5-11 60

CMVT (21)

Hannah Kramer 0 0-0 0; Kaitlyn Amick 2 0-0 6; Gabby Golomb 0 0-0 0; Cailin Gavin 0 0-0 0; Lucia Cerasali 0 0-0 0; Maisie Kramer 0 0-0 0; Sara Ventura 0 0-0 0; Autumn Swisher 0 0-0 0; Noadia Scirchitano 4 0-0 11; Rayanne Travelpiece 1 0-2 2. Totals 8 0-2 21.

Bucktail 31 18 5 6-60

CMVT 3 7 3 8-21

3-point goals: Bucktail 1 (Morgan). CMVT 5 (Amick 2, Scirchitano 3).

JV score: Bucktail 29-27 High scorers: Bucktail Sockman, 10. CMVT Autumn Swisher, 17.

Records: Bucktail (4-3). CMVT 0-11. Next: Bucktail at Montgomery, Monday, 7:30 p.m.