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Girls basketball preview: Morristown searching for health and scoring

Morristown’s volleyball season came to an unexpected end without playing in the sectional thanks to Covid-19 and contact tracing.  Trying to get healthy and organized for the upcoming girls basketball season has been hampered by the pandemic, also.


Morristown scrimmaged Shelbyville Saturday.  Head coach Rachel Kleine on what she's happy with right now.



Kleine admits there has been frustration.  Getting enough players available and trying to advance the preseason.



Senior Emma Theobald was a part of that volleyball team that was ruled out of the sectional due to Covid-19.  The 5’3" Theobald was second on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg) and made 28 3-pointers which was good for second on the team.  She is just one of the Yellow Jacket players trying to get back.



The Yellow Jackets lost two seniors to graduation, Maecy Coates and Bre Cooper.  Coates was third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (5.5). 


Morristown can find ways to get into a defense with dribble penetration with sisters Rylee Kleine, 5’7” senior, (9.9 ppg, 4.5 reb, 31 3-pt FG) and Raegan Kleine, 5’2” sophomore (6.0 ppg, 2.5 asts) . But, what happens then.



Morristown struggled at times last season on the offensive end while averaging just over 42 ppg.  Morristown failed to score at least 40 points in nine games last season.  But in the final six games Morristown never scored less than 45 (vs Jac-Cen-Del in sectional) and averaged 53.6 ppg.



Kleine says she hopes to have a Gracie Laster, 5'7" junior, available and healthy.



Morristown is scheduled to open the season at home vs Henryville in a one-day tournament on Saturday, November 7.  Cascade and Tri-Central will play in the other semifinal.