By Jeremy McDonald
AMITY, Ore.– As the guys from the Amity Boys Basketball team on the other side of the crowd in-front of her video-taping dunks for Twitter, Amity’s Girls Basketball player Morgan Croxford was just taking her seat at the table draped in a light purple covering with a Wildcat face with a hat on it.
In four-years at Amity, Croxford has seen a lot of goods and bads on the court of play. Her sophomore year she tore her meniscus, but opt’d to forgo surgery until after the season and helped contributed five points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes in the Lady Warriors 3A State Runner-Up run that saw them lose to Dayton.
Though they lost, and to the Lady Pirates on the front-end of their back-to-back State Title Runs, the experience was awesome to play in that State Title game.
“Playing Dayton in the State Championship, even though we didn’t win, it was still an amazing experience for me and my team to play,” described Croxford who played three minutes, nabbing a rebound in the 2016 State Championship game.
“It was amazing, I got hurt the beginning of my sophomore year with my knee injury. I didn’t get surgery that year, but being able to comeback harder than ever was amazing and I was excited that we were able to go that far.”
When it came to the surgery and healing up, Croxford’s love of the game grew further as she came back to the field of play with soccer and basketball.
“I’ll tell you right now, it’s terrible sitting on the bench. But it opened many doors for me and has brought me to where I am today and it made me push myself harder pass the hard and exceed .”
Her junior season, Amity went 18-8 overall before losing in the first-round to eventual State-Champions Blanchet Catholic and the Lady Warriors currently sit at 15-7 overall with two games left in the regular season.
A day after their 15th win versus Willamina, a 45-41 victory, is where we are at today with her signing. Division-III basketball with a four-year college that is a 10 minute, 6.5 mile drive up Highway 99W from the gym she was currently sitting in:
“It’s super exciting and super-nerve racking for me that I pushed myself so hard to come this far and I’m super excited for the future,” said Croxford. “Linfield so far has shown me the most interest, they’re close to home. I’m really family-bodied and I just wanted to stay really close to my family because I can’t leave them.It’s a really great school and I can’t wait to be a Wildcat.
The Wildcats are currently 8-12 on the season and 4-7 in the Northwest Conference that features Geroge Fox University (Newberg), Pacific University (Forest Grove), Lewis and Clark College (Portland) and Willamette University (Salem) that are easy drives for her team and her family and friends to make from Amity.
And one thing is for certain as well, Linfield is going to get one very dedicated athlete coming their next season.
“I’m super-driven, I don’t give up. I push myself to my known standards and I don’t give up on myself,” Croxford describing herself.
But hey, that’s still a few months away. Amity still needs their five-eight guard for one last push for Coos Bay and for a possible Title Bout.
And for Croxford, it starts with how they know how to play and not factoring the fact she signed on the dotted-line get in the way of her and her teammates.
“We just got to keep pushing ourselves like we know how to play,. We can’t let this little me signing, make it anything different. I got to keep playing with my team, they’re still my teammates, they’re still my family. We still got to push ourselves to be better.
“Just keep your head held up high. Can’t let anyone take you down, you just got to keep pushing yourself to be better.”
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