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Family ties: Blumer adds to sister’s success

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JOHN N. BARRY
March 24, 2011
— Blumer and basketball go hand in hand at Milton High School.

Kassi Blumer was a four-year star for the Red Hawks and capped off a stellar career by leading the 2006-07 team to the state tournament.


Morgan Blumer is on a similar path.


Morgan, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, is the second-leading scorer for Milton this season. The Red Hawks play New London in a WIAA Division 2 semifinal game at 1:35 p.m. Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison.


Although Morgan looks up to her older sister, she doesn’t like to be compared to her. Morgan says their styles are contrasting.


“I kind of want to show up my sister,” Morgan said with a smile. “It’s that whole sister rivalry thing.


“But the one thing that I’ve learned from my sister that has really stuck with me is to be physical in the post. Other than that, we’re different kind of players.”


Morgan is a solid player around the basket, but she doesn’t mind stepping out and hitting the outside jumper. She’s also adept at getting to the basket and drawing fouls.


Milton coach Scott Randall said the first thing everyone wants to know about Morgan is what grade she’s in at Milton High.


“Morgan doesn’t play like a sophomore, so everybody is surprised when I tell them that she is,” Randall said. “She plays way beyond her years.


“She’s got a strong basketball IQ,, and her game continues to develop. Morgan’s best basketball is ahead of her.”


Morgan has played well in the postseason, but she has been forced to spend valuable minutes on the bench in foul trouble. She picked up her


fourth foul early in the second half in the sectional title game against Waunakee, and coincidentally with Blumer on the bench, the Warriors whittled a 16-point deficit down to one.


Morgan believes her over-aggressive style is backfiring on her.


“I’m really aggressive, and it seems like the refs have not been in my favor lately,” Blumer said. “A lot of it is my own fault. It’s not like I’m trying to foul, but I am aggressive.


“But I know I’m not helping my teammates by sitting on the bench. I’ve got to stay out of foul trouble Friday.”


While Kassi was a load for opponents underneath, Morgan is more of a finesse player. With two-time Badger South scoring leader Liz Eide graduating this year, Blumer will be the focal point of the Red Hawks the next two seasons.


While Milton has had a number of “big” wins this season, Blumer believes one sticks out the most.


“I think beating Monroe for the first time in a long time meant a lot to our team,” Morgan said. “I know Ashley and Liz, and those guys, had never beaten Monroe before. That win really pumped us up.


“And knowing we were going to be in Division 2 for the tournament was big, too. We were really excited about that.”


Now comes the biggest excitement of all—a trip to the state tournament.



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