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Lady Braves Head to Wekiva Tonight for Regional Qaurterfinals
2/9/2017 3:08:00 PM
Good luck to the Lady Braves who are traveling to Wekiva H.S. tonight to take on the Mustangs in the FHSAA Regional Quarterfinals.
Game time is 7:00 and tickets are $7.

See below from the Orlando Sentinel that tells the story of Maddy and Jordan Morales who each play on the varsity basketball teams here at Boone.


Boone siblings share their love for basketball

Orlando Sentinel

When Madeline or Jordan Morales are playing in a Boone High basketball game, there is a good chance the sibling who isn’t on the court is critiquing their performance from the stands.

“We have a very tense sibling rivalry,” said Jordan Morales, a 6-foot-4 senior small forward whose team-leading 43 three-pointers have helped shoot the Braves boys team to an 18-7 record and the top of the Class 9A, District 4 standings going into Wednesday’s postseason tournament semifinals.

“We go to each other’s games and we critique each other by the way we play,” Jordan said. 

Madeline, a 5-7 freshman starter for the girls team, doesn’t mind. 

“It makes me feel connected with Jordan because it is something we have in common,” she said. 

Jordan has watched his sister, who most call Maddy, rank among the girls team’s leaders in points (8.6 per game), rebounds (4.3 per game), steals (58 total) and assists (2.1 per game) in lifting the Braves to a 19-8 record and into the regional playoffs. She scored 17 points in last week’s district final loss vs. Colonial.

Her team plays at Wekiva on Thursday night. 

“I was a very tall kid at a young age, so basketball seemed like the right thing to do,” Jordan said. “Maddy liked watching me play and wanted to play too. So, that is how this all got started.”

Boone basketball is the beneficiary.

“Maddy has great basketball instinct,” Braves girls coach Jerry Williams said. “The sky is the limit. She possesses a strong desire to be successful and she is very coachable.  I am excited to see where she goes in the next three years. I am anticipating her to become a very highly recruited athlete. Her freshman campaign is outstanding.”

“She is a harder worker on defense, where she looks to take charges on the ball handler.”

Hustle has fast become a trademark for Maddy, who followed her big brother into the sport when she was five years old. She has relentless drive and a knack for finding the ball.

“My greatest strength is my passing ability to find the open man,” she said.

She is one of only two ninth graders on her team, but she plays like a veteran and others notice.

“Maddy understands the roles of the team, but she has a true presence in the locker room, in practices, and in games,” Williams said “She is leading by example: hard work, determination and effort.”

“It makes me feel like I am one of them,” Maddy said of her leadership role. “I’m not just the young one on the team.”

Jordan is a senior leader for Boone’s boys, and has used his experience and the perimeter shot to help launch the Braves into the No. 7 spot in the Sentinel Super 16 area rankings.

“After a tough loss my sophomore year in the regional finals and a rough season last year, this year’s success has been great and well expected because of all the work my team and I have put in during the offseason,” he said.

Jordan has made 43 of 108 three-pointers in 21 games and is averaging 9.6 points per game.

“Jordan has a great, quick release to his shot,” Boone boys’ coach Dave Martinson said. “This is something that he has worked hard to continue to improve over the years. He was never told that he had to be a good shooter. Instead, it was something he wanted, and put in the countless hours to make happen.”

 

It’s not just Jordan’s ability to score that make him valuable.

“Most fans and opponents would think Jordan’s best strength is his outside shooting,” Martinson said “His decision-making and calmness in tight situations is truly what separates him. If he never scores another point for us, I’d still have him on the court, especially when the pressure is on and we need a play made.”

Jordan said one of the reasons he can hand down advice to Maddy is his understanding of the sport they share.

“My biggest strength is my basketball IQ and my three-point shooting.

Hard work on and off the court — he has a 3.9 grade point average — has helped Jordan receive interest from Lynchburg (Va.) College, Lasell College (Newton, Mass.) and Daytona State Community College. 

bcollings@orlandosentinel.com

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