Morgan Griffith recently became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the West Frankfort girls basketball program.
The senior crossed 2,000 points on the special night and sits at 2,100 for her great career.
“I feel more relaxed now that I don’t have to worry about it, but I was also excited that it got to happen at home,” Griffith said. “That made it even better, and we had a really good crowd there that night. It was a good atmosphere.”
Missy Broy, who is Griffith’s cousin, was the previous record holder.
“It was really neat, and plus my dad was the high school coach when she broke the record,” Griffith said. “So it was nice for my dad to watch her get the record and then to see me do that, too. It was really nice getting to talk to her after the game.”
In November, Griffith signed to continue her basketball career and education at Missouri S&T.
“I really wanted to decide where I was going and sign before the season started,” Griffith said. “Now, I don’t have to worry about coaches coming to see me, and I don’t have to try to impress anyone. I just want to hopefully have a successful season with my team and win some games now.”
The Redbirds are 4-3 so far this season. Griffith averages 35 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She is also dishing out five assists and averaging 4.5 steals per contest.
“She is a very driven young lady, and she loves the game of basketball,” said West Frankfort coach Matt Hampleman. “For her to get the record, it was elation not only for her, but for me as well. Even though we were expecting it, it took four years for that to happen. It is really an awesome feat. She has meant so much to our team over the last four years.”
Griffith is hoping her team can win a regional this season, which hasn’t happened during her high school career.
“I want to win so badly, and I’ll pretty much do anything I can to win,” Griffith said. “So if that means me coming out and scoring 40 points then that’s what I have to do. We are a very young team, so it’s a learning process. I honestly think I was happier that we beat Harrisburg recently than I was to break the scoring record.”
During the summer, Griffith worked out a lot and joined a new travel team, the Central Illinois Storm. She believes it has made her a better all-around player.
“Before when I played travel ball I’d always be the leading scorer and the best player on the team,” Griffith said. “This summer on our travel team, three of our starters were Division I basketball players. So I had a different role, and I wasn’t the scorer or the point guard. I was the person that came in and played defense. I was probably No. 3 or 4 on the team. Now I can see other things on the court better and understand where other people are coming from. I had to get all the loose balls and grab the rebounds.”
Leadership is something Griffith takes a lot of pride in as well.
“I feel like I’ve been here for a long time, and I feel like I have a different role now,” Griffith said. “Last year, I was a leader, but most of the senior girls didn’t look up to me for guidance or anything. This year, some of the younger girls are asking me questions during games and for me to explain things during timeouts. Watching them look up to me is exciting, and I really enjoy being able to help them out.”