Schenck senior standout joins exclusive family club as basketball tourney time looms

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
Schenck's Morgan Thompson shoots a free throw against Hodgdon at the Bangor Auditorium in this February 2013 file photo.
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Schenck's Morgan Thompson shoots a free throw against Hodgdon at the Bangor Auditorium in this February 2013 file photo.

When Schenck High School of East Millinocket senior forward-guard Morgan Thompson eclipsed the 1,000-point mark recently, she joined two members of her family in the exclusive club.

Her mother, Stephanie Carter Thompson, scored 2,167 points during her career, and Stephanie’s sister, Tracie, also broke the 1,000-point barrier.

“It’s cool to be in the same category with them,” said Morgan. “And it was special to have them there watching me do it. It is an honor.”

Thompson was equally excited that she and her Wolverines, coached by her father, Darrick Thompson, earned the number one seed for the Eastern Maine Class D Tournament thanks to their 15-3 record.

They played No. 16 Woodland in a preliminary game Tuesday night.

Schenck took a six-game winning streak into the game.

“That’s a pretty big deal here. We’re excited,” said the 5-foot-10 Thompson, who has played a pivotal role in the Wolverines’ 15-3 record.

She has averaged 20 points, 3-4 assists and 10 rebounds per game while helping fill a void left by graduated point guard Kristin Thompson, her cousin.

“That was a bit of a concern, but we’ve had point-guard by committee this season,” said Darrick Thompson.

In addition to his daughter, 5-1 senior Ashley Leavitt and 5-4 senior Katie Stanley can also play point guard.

Darrick Thompson said who will be the point guard depends on the matchup and “who is having a good night with the ball in their hands.”

He can move his daughter to the wing or inside.

‘We’ve had a lot of different girls step up every night and get it done,” said Morgan Thompson. “If we need shooters, Ashley can run the point, and Katie and I can go to the wings and shoot.”

The Wolverines also have the benefit of having two inside players in the 5-9 mold in junior Lexi Hoxie and sophomore Kayla Falone.

Hoxie has averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game, and Falone is also capable of double figures in each category.

Leavitt averages 5-6 assists per game and is one of the team’s top defenders along with senior forward Olivia Lewis.

Sophomore guards Chanel Lane and Taylor McLaughlin come off the bench and are also capable of putting points on the board.

Darrick Thompson has been pleased with his team’s season.

Two of the losses came to Class C Orono and another came to Penobscot Valley of Howland by a combined total of 12 points.

“The loss to Penobscot Valley was a wake-up call,” said Darrick Thompson. “The Orono games really bothered us. We didn’t play well.”

They have played solid team defense man-to-man and zone, according to Darrick Thompson.

Schenck went 17-5 last season but lost to eventual state champ Washburn 71-39 in the final.

“Our main goal is to get back there and go further,” said Morgan Thompson.

 

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