Greenbrier High School’s Morgan Taylor is making a transition on the basketball court that she hopes will help her transition to the collegiate ranks.
The Lady Wolfpack’s junior played her first two high school seasons as a forward and was a 2013 First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA and 2013 First Team All-County performer.
Standing at 5 feet 7 inches and seeing that her position at the next level would most likely be at guard, she started working at that position over the summer and into the current season.
“It’s difficult but it’s definitely worth it,” Taylor said. “I like facing the basket more so than I like having my back to the basket. I can see a lot more and make more stuff happen.”
Even with the switch, the changes statistically from a year ago are negligible as she scores 14.0 points-per-game (14.7 in 2013), grabs 9.7 rebounds-per-game (11.8) and is tops on the team with 5.6 steals-per-game (4.8). Her versatility could be a key factor as the 12-5, 2-1 Region 2A-AAAAA, Lady Wolfpack hope to make a deep run in the region tournament and into the state competition. She entered Friday night’s game against Evans needing to score 50 points to top the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Head coach Stefanie Basinger, who has coached her since middle school, called her captain her rock.
“We have pulled her out to the 2-guard this year so she isn’t getting as many points, but she is a huge factor in our success,” Basinger said. “There aren’t many games that go by when she doesn’t have a double-double.”
Taylor also enjoys the view from her guard position as well.
“The court vision has gotten a little better than before when I was a post,” said Taylor. “I’m coming up the court and being able to see some stuff I’ve never been able to see before.”
Good vision is important in the profession Taylor is hoping to join the ranks of – that of a fighter pilot.
“Ever since I watched Top Gun,” said Taylor of when she was first inspired three years ago. “It just seemed so cool. It’s something that stuck to me and I loved watching pilot movies and military movies.”
Taylor is a member of the Greenbrier NJROTC, also an assist to getting into one of the three service academies with the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. at the top of the list.
Along with basketball, Taylor has been a member of the Greenbrier girls tennis team since her freshman year when the Lady Wolfpack advanced to the state Class AAAAA semifinals. She will be the Lady Wolfpack’s No. 1 singles player when the basketball season ends.
“Basketball and tennis go hand-in-hand for me,” Taylor said. “I would hope to get a scholarship in either basketball or tennis. They’re both one of my passions.”
Before that occurs, Taylor has a dream of leaving Greenbrier going out on top.
“That’s one of my main dreams, one of my main goals is to hopefully lead my team to a championship in either basketball or tennis.”