Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 12, 2013

Player of the week

Grundy’s Hall reaches milestone

GRUNDY, Va. — Last week Morgan Hall became the third Grundy player to reach 1,000 career points in the past two years.

The other two girls, Loni Webb and Savannah Charles, graduated last year. That put a bigger burden on Hall offensively this year, and the 5-foot-9 senior has had little trouble handling it.

The top player on a rebuilding team Hall is off to an impressive start through Grundy's first five games and it earns her Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week honors.

After a 32-point, 14-rebound, 8-steal performance in Grundy's Monday night win over Hurley the senior has averaged the following numbers in five games over the course of seven days, against some good teams: 22.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.4 assists and she has four blocks.

Instead of being just one of several intergral parts of the Lady Wave offense that offense now revolves around the versatile Hall, and it evolves from game to game.

"Morgan has done everything we've asked her to do this season so far," Grundy coach Craig Plymal said. "She's played every position on the floor.

"She knew that. We've had to rotate people to get her good match-ups. She's been a baseline runner, a point guard, a wing, and the team's rallied around her."

Hall, who hit the game-winning shot and scored 30 points in Grundy's 50-48 victory over Unaka, Tenn., in a tournament in Bristol, has also made seven 3s and is shooting a cool 84.6 percent (49-of-57) at the free throw line.

She embraces her new role and came into this season prepared for it. "I knew when we lost two 1,000 point scorers I'd have to step up my game on the offensive side, and I worked on it during the off-season,"Hall said.

Hall has also embraced this year's team, which includes three new starters and several reserves who are in their first year on the varsity.

"My teammates are great, they'll do anything to help me contribute to the team as much as possible," she said. "It's a different angle than what I had with my teammates last year. Loni and me had a connection, we knew where the other was going to be."

Hall helps sophomore Emily Lane handle the ball out front, a job that belonged to Webb most of last season, and she spends the rest of the time moving from wing to post and back.

The Lady Wave have been plagued by turnovers in winning just two of their first five games, but she says that should change. It's just a matter, Hall adds, of putting in the time and the work as a group.

"I love my teammates this year," she said. "They're the same, they work hard, too. We just haven't played together as a group for very long. We just have to continue to work together and try and cut down on our turnovers."

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