Morrison taking hoops dream to Union College

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By Mike Farner

 HEBRON ESTATES – After putting her time in turning around the North Bullitt Lady Eagle program, senior Savannah Morrison was looking for something a little different in a college program.

     She found that this spring with Union College, a program that has won at least 21 games each of the past three seasons under head coach Tim Curry. Morrison joins a program that knows all about winning.

     At North Bullitt, Morrison learned to win along with her program. The Lady Eagles were not very good when Morrison was a seventh-grader taking the floor against older girls. That gradually changed as the program morphed into one of the better teams in the Sixth Region, winning three straight 23rd District titles and claiming the school’s first ever win in the regional tournament.

     “I do think back that we when I started in the program that we didn’t and fans and then that last game we a big section of fans,” Morrison recalled just before signing with Union in May. “We lost that game (to Mercy in the regional semi-finals), but I walked away knowing we started something.”

     Now, Morrison can focus on winning in a program that is expected to win.

     The 17-year old daughter of Angel and Andy Morrison had other options. She looked at Kentucky Christian, Campbellsville, Midway and Lane College, but just felt more at home with Union, a school located in Barbourville, Kentucky. Union is located away from home, but not too far from home.

     “I had the opportunity at the University of Tampa and Bellarmine to be a walk-on, but I didn’t want to do that,” Morrison pointed out. “When I went for my visit at Union I felt like it was home and I was welcome. I feel like I’ll fit well into the program.

     “It’s three hours away,” the senior noted. “I’m a family person, but it’s my time to grow as a person. I have the opportunity. It does bother me a little, but I’ll be fine on my own.”

     Morrison has a twin sister, Shelby. The two played together at North Bullitt until the past two years when Shelby opted to take another route. She will be attending the University of Louisville in the fall. The sisters also have an older brother, Ryan Key.

     At Union, Morrison plans to major in nursing.

     “I want to be a nurse practitioner,” she said. “Union was nice to let me do both nursing and basketball. Some schools don’t allow that.”

     Morrison joined the North Bullitt program as a seventh-grader while she was still playing at Zoneton Middle School. Basketball was the only sport she participated in at North Bullitt.

     At Union, she could play either guard position.

     “I’ve talked to the coaches and it will just be where I fit best,” she said. “I prefer a shooting guard spot. Point guard is fine, but here I was mostly a shooting guard.”

     When Tim Curry is looking to recruit players to Union, he is looking for aggressive, athletic players who can do it all.

     And, entering his 14th season at the helm, Curry has a pretty good idea who will fit into his program.

     So, when Curry, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, saw Morrison on film and in person, he was convinced.

     “She fits our program,” the coach said after watching Morrison sign all the papers for her to attend the NAIA school. “We recruit players for a certain style of play and she fits that style.”

     It is a fast-paced offense with an aggressive defense. A Lady Bulldog will be called upon to handle the ball, pass the rock, shoot from all over the floor and play good defense, while being willing to go into the paint to claim a rebound.

     “She will have an opportunity to play for us,” Curry said, who noted ths team next year will be reloading its backcourt due to graduation.

     The Lady Bulldogs were 24-9 last season and won the Appalachian Athletic Conference post-season tournament, beating Milligan 72-67 in the championship game played in Kingsport, Tennessee.

     That put the program in the 32-team NAIA Women’s National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. There, the team faced the number seven seed, Hastings, falling to that team 79-64.