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Morow Mustangs host holiday basketball tournament

Freshman Daja Green has helped booster the Morrow scoring during the early part of the season. (Special Photo: Jerry Jackson)

Freshman Daja Green has helped booster the Morrow scoring during the early part of the season. (Special Photo: Jerry Jackson)

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In last week’s win over Douglass, senior Ditara Pack had a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in the non-region game. (Special Photo: Jerry Jackson)

MORROW — It’s early, but Morrow coach Anthony McKissic likes what he sees in his girls’ basketball team.

The Mustangs are off to a 2-1 start heading into its annual Lady Mustangs Thanksgiving Invitational, which begins today at Morrow Middle School.

“I’m pretty happy with the team right now, because they are showing a lot of improvement from last season,” McKissic said. “The younger girls are showing a lot of improvement, and it is finally clicking with them now as to what I expect. I have some good assistant coaches that are doing a good job in working with the team.”

The 23-team tournament field will feature 15 teams that made the postseason last season, including Jonesboro, Fayette County, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Southwest DeKalb and Stephenson.

“We have some really good strong teams in the field,” McKissic said. “We have sort of revamped it and tried to do something big for girls basketball. We have about 20 college coaches that have committed to coming and scout the teams. It is going to be a big exposure for the teams and players that are participating. “

Morrow opens the tournament on Friday against North Clayton at 6:30 p.m. The Mustangs will take on Clarkston on Saturday at 8 a.m.

With a year under his guidance, the team now knows McKissic’s expectations. He said that is a big reason the team is 2-1 at this point in the season.

All the players know what their roles are, and they know what is expected of them once they come into the game.

“My kids know the type of discipline I expect from them,” McKissic said. “They know when I put them in a game, what role I expect to see from them.”

The team has been led by senior Ditara Pack, who has signed with Div. II Flagler College in Florida. In a win over Douglass last Friday, Pack had a triple-double to lead the Mustangs. She had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in the game.

Pack followed that performance the next game with 18 points and nine rebounds in a win over North Clayton.

McKissic is also high on freshman Daja Green, who had 15 points and six steals against North Clayton. Last season, Green played at nearby Morrow Middle School.

“We have some big expectations for her,” McKissic said.