Sisters… Morgan (10), Mariah, and Madison (22) Mattimore
By: Bill Bray
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Last season Brigan Wymer became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the NWOAL with 1,700 points. Little did many people know that there was another Panther closing in on the 1,000-point plateau.
On January 5, in a non-league game against Anthony Wayne, Panther senior Morgan Mattimore added her name to the list of three at the school who have achieved the goal of many. Mattimore eclipsed the 1,000 point mark to join Wymer (1700) , Kathleen Przeslawski (1093) and Kim Bushman (1011) on the short list of Delta greats.
The drive for success began in the late fall of 2012. Mattimore came into the Panthers program with hopes of being part of a successful four years. “My freshman year the game seemed fast especially going from eighth-grade to varsity basketball,” Mattimore said, “The summer going into my sophomore year I played AAU and worked on my game continuously. My sister and I would go to the reservoir and run the hills and then go to the weight room. My main focus sophomore year was to become more consistent and finishing plays on the offensive end and winning 50/50 balls on the defensive end. Junior year I worked on playing without the ball while getting face guarded by the better defenders in our area. Over the years I believe I have become a better offensive and defensive player.”
“The past three years we have averaged right around 55 points per game and a big reason is because we had such a talented 2nd scorer like Morgan,” Delta coach Ryan Ripke said. “She has worked extremely hard at her game, spending many hours in the gym shooting and playing one on one with her sister Maddie,” Ripke continued. She had a rough freshman season where she had to adjust her game to the varsity game, but she came back her sophomore year and really busted out in a big way and has never looked back.”
It was definitely helpful to have a younger sister (Maddie) and to take part in AAU basketball according to Mattimore. “Going into my sophomore season my sister and I would play each other to elevate ourselves to the next level of skill. She pushed me to become a better athlete. I truly believe AAU taught me how to be an overall better athlete, having to be a leader on the court, how to play aggressive defensive and to think quickly in high pressure situations.”
The Panthers are 11-3 at this point of the season and the 5’9” three year letter winner is leading the NWOAL in league scoring with 87 points in four NWOAL contest thus far this season.
Despite the amount of time the round ball sport has taken, Mattimore found time to be a member of the Panthers soccer team during the fall. “I enjoy playing soccer because it kept me in shape for basketball and helped me keep a competitive edge in the off season. I also like to go on runs and working out with my sister,” Mattimore said. Not only did it keep her in shape, but the talented all around athlete was named to the first team in soccer last fall and second team as a sophomore. She was league first team as a junior last basketball season and second team as a sophomore.
Mattimore won praises last season as she was selected to the Division III all district honorable mention list.
This accomplishment is more impressive knowing that for the last three seasons Wymer was the ‘go to’ player for Delta. “It is impressive when you have two 1,000 point scorers on a team, but when one of them is almost a 2,000 point scorer, that’s even more impressive, “ Coach Ripke said. Of course, it helps that we have played an up-temp style the past few years, pressing and creating turnovers. The past 3 years we have averaged right around 55 points per game and a big reason is because we had such a talented 2nd scorer like Morgan.” Mattimore herself has not had any problems sharing the limelight with Wymer. “Quite honestly I don’t feel like I was in a competition with anyone. Brigan and I had a different style of play on the court we complemented each other. For example my junior year when we brought home the first outright NWOAL championship.”
Now with the love and support of her family, Morgan is set to complete her senior year and move on to the next level. “ I will be attending Urbana University in the fall of 2016 where I will play basketball and study secondary education. I’d like to leave a legacy playing basketball for Urbana. Also, I would like to receive my teaching degree at the high school level, along with coaching girls basketball.”
Already she has left a legacy at her high school, and if her career to this point is any indication, Urbana is in for an exciting four years.
Bill Bray may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org