Super sophomore is Homestead girls leader

admin | 1/18/2012, 7:38 a.m.

Garnering respect in the south is sophomore talent, Ronisha Morris, guard and forward for Homestead Senior High. Throughout the Broncos tumultuous 8-9 season, Morris, 16, has had to fill a variety of roles and is largely responsible for the success of the team. She is the backbone of the team, said Head Coach Jamahr Carter. She makes up where everyone else is slacking. While Morris has not dominated stats in one respective area, she has contributed across the board in each game, including a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) in a heartbreaking two-point loss (45-47) during a holiday tournament against district rival Palmetto Senior High School. Carter said that he has been impressed with her leadership on and off the court at such a young age. She calls her own team meetings, Carter said. She encourages her teammates in practice and in games. Morris, whose favorite player is Dwayne Wade because of his versatility on the court, says basketball has provided her relief from lifes stresses. If Im having a bad day, I come to practice and I dont think about it, she said. Morris, who hopes to make it to the WNBA one day, began playing basketball after a security guard at Pine Villa Elementary saw her playing kickball basketball during her third grade gym class. He noticed I had handles and started working with me, she added. Despite their record, Morris still has her eyes set on a district championship this season. But she knows her team will have to step up their game. She often reiterates the words of her coach to motivate her teammates and herself. What you put in is what you get out, Morris said. If you dont give 100 percent in practice then you wont in games. The advice of Carter and an impossible dream keeps her going, even when the pressure begin to mount. I want to be the first girl in the NBA, she said laughingly. She laughs, but Carter believes in her potential. She could be a D-1 player, Carter said. She just has to continue to work hard. Morris averages eight points, six rebounds one assist and five steals per game. By Akilah Lasterakilahlaster3@aol.com