Kendeedra Morgan carries the load for Central’s basketball team


Central senior Kendeedra Morgan leads the area in scoring at 26.8 points per game despite face plenty of attention from defenses. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
February 5, 2012

Central senior Kendeedra Morgan is double-teamed her whole run down the court. As she nears the free throw line, Morgan passes to a teammate. A shot is taken and goes awry. Morgan ends up with the ball on the wing. Double-teamed again, she sends the ball into the air. The referee holds up three fingers as the ball goes through the net and a smile stretches across Morgan’s face.

When that first shot goes in “I feel confident,” Morgan said. “I’m ready to keep going.”

Most game nights, Morgan does keep going. The area’s leading scorer among girls’ basketball players, Morgan averages 26.8 points per game. In the Falcons’ 17 games, she has amassed a total of 456 points. Few people have seen Morgan play. Her team is just 5-12 and typically plays before only a handful of people. In fact, as a team the Falcons have only scored 595 points. Which makes Morgan’s stats all the more remarkable: She has scored almost 77 percent of the team’s points.

“Her points speak for themselves,” said Central Coach Dareck Parks, “but people need to come out so then they can really see how she’s getting all the points. I mean, looking at the scores, they can always say she’s one dimensional or she’s the only person scoring, but if you look at the game she’s not coming down and ball hogging. She’s dishing the ball and she’s getting a lot of her points off [teammates’] missed shots.”

Sometimes the 5-foot-6 Morgan says she wishes she played for a better team or was surrounded with better players. But rather than try to transfer, the senior guard decided to make the best of it.

“She tries to motivate her teammates to help her out,” Parks said. “She knows she can’t do it by herself and she needs other players to step up.”

Morgan has gotten some interest from colleges, including George Mason and the University of District of Columbia. She wants to improve her game, but seems just as interested in improving her teammates’ skills. Before practice, she can be seen working with them.

“She’s always out on the court and got them working on plays and correcting them where she can,” Parks said.

In turn, Morgan finds herself becoming a better player. “I’m getting better with my attitude. It’s helping me become stronger, learning how to work with players and coaches.”

As frustrated as she may get, Morgan has never thought about keeping the ball to herself. “I’ve got to get my teammates involved in the game too to help me out because if that’s not the case then we’ll fall apart.”

So Morgan continues to pass the ball, hoping her influence is rubbing off. “They just can’t make the points sometimes,” Morgan said, “but I don’t want to be a selfish player.”

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