The midseason conversation centered around his star player, but the question seemed to stump Liberty girls basketball coach Noah Simpson.
What, exactly, made senior Morgan Fleming so difficult to defend?
“That’s a tough question to answer because she does so many things well,” Simpson said. “If you try to take away one (aspect) of her game, she will find another way to beat you.”
And most of the time, she did. That’s a big reason Fleming is The Star’s All-Metro girls basketball player of the year.
In her senior season, Fleming led Liberty to 27 victories and a second straight trip to the Missouri Class 5 Final Four. The Blue Jays placed third in Columbia.
But it was a historic postseason run for its individual accomplishments, as well. Along the way, Fleming broke the Liberty all-time scoring record, eventually concluding her career with 1,642 points.
A memorable senior season helped her reach that mark. Fleming averaged 18.3 points points per game, adding seven rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.
“I would have liked to have ended it with a state championship, but it was a great year,” said Fleming, who has not yet decided where she will play in college. “And I couldn’t have asked for a better group of teammates to share the season with.”