Monday, February 6, 2023

Confident Ondo ready for Senior Shootout

Time flies, especially when you dominate on the basketball court.

OK, that’s not exactly how that quote is supposed to read, but that’s a more accurate version for 5-foot-3 guard Morgan Ondo.

Four years ago, she was a wide-eyed freshman playing for the Fairport Harding varsity squad and on Sunday she’ll close out her basketball career in the 2016 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout presented by ScoreStream.com.

“I was very nervous,” Ondo said of playing varsity as a freshman. “It was hard trying to get used to the older girls I was playing against and the older girls on my team as well because they didn't want a freshman playing with them or taking their spots. After I played a few games I wasn't as nervous as when I first started.”

Odds are she won’t be the least bit nervous on Sunday when she suits up for the Army All-Stars in the Senior Shootout, an official fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project.

She was named Fairport’s team MVP for a third straight season after averaging over 12 points per game. She also pulled down 151 rebounds and made 37 3-pointers in 22 games as a senior.

“I'm excited to get to get back on the court after so long,” she said. “It's nice to do something that will benefit a big project.”

Ondo benefitted from growing up with two older brothers who played sports. She honed her skills competing against both Tyler (22) and Ryan (21).

“My two older brothers were all about sports and they would continue to teach me and push me to my best ability,” Ondo said.

Ondo was at her best throughout her career, regardless of the sport.

She was named MVP of the Skippers’ volleyball team last fall and this spring she’ll collect her 12th varsity letter. She is a four-time letterman in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Ondo also is a senior class officer and carries a 3.6 grade point average.

She plans to attend Ohio University to major in pharmaceuticals with the plan of becoming a pharmacist.

The Senior Shootout begins at 5:00 p.m. with the boys’ all-star game. The girls will follow at 7:00 p.m. Click here to purchase presale tickets, which provide admission to both games. 

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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