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Press photo by Mark KirlinMorgan Sterner is helping to lead the Kids on and off the court. Press photo by Mark KirlinMorgan Sterner is helping to lead the Kids on and off the court.

Sterner aims to help push NHS to top

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Morgan Sterner always has been ahead of her time.

She has a basketball pedigree from older sisters Lauren and Leandra, both of whom excelled in the Konkrete Kids’ program and went on to collegiate careers.

Since she began in the Kids’ program, Sterner has been an integral part of teams as a well-rounded athlete on and outside the court.

In addition, Sterner understands what it takes to make a team whole. She wore a Grinch costume before a Christmas practice.

“She is a fierce competitor and has a great sense of humor,” said Kids’ head coach Jeff Jacksits about the latest Sterner who has played for him. “She always has been a great leader and just has a never-ending energy on the court.”

Sterner has been the Kids’ leading scorer throughout the year, and she recently captured Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors at the Pocono Mountain West tournament. Earlier, Morgan was a member of the all-tournament team of the season-opening tournament at Owen J. Roberts.

She was ready to take another step toward this season as the Kids’ eldest returning starter and captain on a budding team.

“I got a lot more confidence over the summer,” she said. “I don’t have any problems being a leader. I really don’t feel any pressure.

“I just try and give it all I have all the time. I really enjoy the game and I’m playing every chance I get. After the season, I play on an AAU team and keep busy during the summer. I want to try and learn as much as I can about the game and improve steadily.”

Her philosophy has worn on the team. The Kids has had a balanced effort throughout their first 11 games that has featured numerous high scorers has kept them in the East Penn Conference hunt with a 9-2 mark.

Sterner is among a handful of players from the program’s district championship team from a year along that featured Victoria Keenan, one of the school’s all-time leading scorers.

It has been a different environment that has thrived quickly.

“Everyone is very unselfish on this team,” stressed Sterner. “I think it is a good fit, and we are all getting done what we need to succeed.

“Our younger players have really stepped it up. They really have motivated each other and you can see the results. We all need we need to work really hard to get to where we want to be.”

Sterner will play a huge role, but she realizes it will take the flourishing combined effort to take the Kids down a similar path from last year.

“We have to keep our end up,” she said. ‘We all know we have to keep pushing through. I think we can get back to where we were with a high level of play. We just have to keep pushing each other.”

Sterner assuredly will do her part.