March 5, 2014 at 12:31 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – In the deep history of New Providence girls’ basketball, never has a sophomore dominated a program as much as Sydney Morang has over the last two years.
Morang has already accomplished more milestones than most athletes ever do, and she’s only been playing at NPHS for two years.
On Friday, in front of a sold-out gym at New Providence High School, Morang became the youngest player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
For her extraordinary efforts on the hardwood, The Alternative Press of New Providence announces Sydney Morang as its Athlete of the Week.
“I was nervous, I’ll admit, I was very nervous,” Morang said. “I saw Cassandra Squeri score hers, so it was an exciting experience for me. I got a little frustrated that it was taking that long, but I knew it was going to happen so I didn’t want to stress about or force anything that wasn’t a good shot for me. I just waited it out and let it happen naturally.”
Even though she thought the milestone should have been reached earlier, Morang was happy to score the magical point in front of her hometown fans.”
“I help coach a seventh grade PAL team and all the girls came out,” Morang said. “They had a game after, but they were waiting until I got it to leave. New Providence is a small town so a lot of people hear about things. A lot of people came out to support. It was a good feeling.”
Morang is averaging 20 points per game during the 2013-14 campaign, as well as her career, scoring less than 10 points in only two contests during the season.
“I’m just going to say that her hard work has paid off,” New Providence girls’ basketball coach Cap Pazdera said. “She works super hard. In the off-season, she’s constantly in the gym. She’s a gym rat. They can’t throw her out of here. She loves basketball. She just works really hard to do what she’s doing. Its paying off and I’m happy for her.”
The sophomore’s recruitment trail is gaining steam each minute she plays. Despite all the accolades over the past two years, Morang has a chance to make her own history: Becoming the first player in school history to reach the 2,000-point mark.
That plateau is still two years and approximately 50 games away. Until then, Morang will focus on the team aspect of the game: a state championship.