MORRISON, Ill. — Morrison High School senior Abby Vock is an NCAA Division I-bound softball player. She’s also a very good basketball player.

Today she’s being honored for the latter as the Clinton Herald girls basketball Area Player of the Year.

Vock, a 5-foot-7 guard and the Three Rivers Conference Most Valuable Player, helped the Fillies to 47 wins over the past two seasons. She finished her career as the program’s third-leading scorer all-time with 1,217 points.

But, it’s her versatility that made her so lethal.

“She’s all over the place in our record books,” Morrison coach Mark Ernst said. “We keep track of 12 categories, and she’s in the top 10 in 10 of those categories.

“She set the school record for 3-pointers in a season and career, and career assists. She also made it to state in the 3-point shootout.”

This season Vock averaged 12.3 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in helping the Fillies to a 24-9 campaign that came to a heartbreaking end in a one-point sectional semifinal loss to sixth-ranked Forreston.

Despite some obstacles Vock was happy with her team’s season.

“In the beginning we had a lot of injuries,” she said. “The last couple weeks of the season we got everybody back and played really well. We bonded really well as a team.

“Our team was pretty experienced. Two years ago we had a lot of sophomores come up to the varsity. These last couple years we had a lot of experience.”

Vock, who is headed to the University of Missouri to play softball there with her older sister Michaele, was a four-year starter for Ernst.

“I think I stepped up my game each year,” she said. “I really didn’t expect to play varsity as a freshman, but I got a starting spot and started ever since.”

“She’s the only four-time team MVP we’ve ever had,” Ernst said. “She has a great attitude. She won our Hustle Award two straight years. With all the honors and recognition she gets, she’s still so humble.”

Ernst recalls moving Vock up to varsity ball as a freshman.

“I wasn’t quite sure she was ready as a freshman,” he said. “But, in our first summer game that year we were playing Eastland and about 30 seconds into it we were ahead 6-0, and she scored all six points. That’s when I knew she was ready.

“She’s a leader by example,” Ernst added. “People look to her. She’s a clutch player. Her fourth-quarter stats are amazing.”

Ernst said Vock is simply a winner.

“Some people just have that knack about them,” he said.

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