Northampton Press

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Morgan Sterner is just a sophomore but is one of many key parts to this year’s girls basketball team. Morgan Sterner is just a sophomore but is one of many key parts to this year’s girls basketball team.

For Sterner, hoops is an all-day thing

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For Morgan Sterner, basketball has been a constant.

She began playing in kindergarten and was on her first AAU team in third grade. Since then, her love for the game hasn’t dwindled.

“I think I can say that basketball is a 24/7 thing for me,” said Sterner, a sophomore on the Konkrete Kids’ team. “If I am not playing it, I usually am working out to try and get better.

“When I was younger, my coaches told me that I had a gift for it and I should keep playing.”

That talent lately has been on display.

Sterner along with seniors Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rogers have paced the Kids all season, helping them to storm out to a 12-2 record heading into play this week, placing them at the top of East Penn Conference as well as leading the District 11 Class 6A bracket.

Sterner recently scored a career-high 30 points, and she has been in double figures throughout the season.

Along with being one of the team’s main offensive outlets, Sterner also has emerged as a leader.

“My shot was on that night and I stayed with it,” said Sterner about her career-high night. “But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. We’re all one big happy family and we’re always there for each other.

“Ever since I started playing AAU, I have been in a leadership role. Everyone always expected me to be a leader because of easy nature. Victoria (Keenan) and Jenna (Rogers) have worked with me and we all know each other well on the court.”

Head coach Jeff Jacksits has been thankful of her presence.

“Morgan (Sterner) is the type of player every coach dreams of coaching,” Jacksits. “She gives 100-percent effort all the time during practice and games. She has a genuine love for the game which has spread to her teammates and has made our team much better. Her intensity on the court is matched by no one.

“I always assign her to guard the best offensive player on the other team because of her defensive tenacity. Her competitiveness and will to win are a welcomed addition to help our team’s chances to win a league and district championship. I am sure that Morgan will be playing at the next level when she graduates in two more years.”

Sterner has benefitted from the guidance of her parents, Sharon and Dwayne, as well as older sister, Leandra, who is a senior standout at DeSales University and former Northampton Press Player of the Year. Lauren, her other sister, is a junior and runs cross country at King’s College.

“My sister (Leandra) has really helped me along the way,” said Sterner. “She tries to get to my games when she can. She always has been there to offer me advice.”

Along with playing basketball and soccer, Sterner is a member of the school’s student council, PEACE Club – an environmental group – and the Volunteer Club.

Sterner believed her team would have a good year when they won the A-Town Throwdown Tournament during the summer.

“That showed us what we could do,” she said. “From there, we kept on winning. We’re playing with a lot of confidence and we know we can go far this year.”

If the Kids do, Sterner will be a big part of it.