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Her nickname is “Mo,” which is short for Morgan, but it also describes the heartbeat and non-stop energy of Morgan Smith. Whether she’s on the basketball court, the softball field or in the classroom, the Heavener junior is on a mission to make things better for those around her.

The 5’8 forward in the Lady Wolves basketball starting five, Smith has played a key role in Heavener’s 2020-21 campaign where in addition to the film study and scouting report knowledge of opponents, Smith and her teammates battle the impact of Covid and last minute cancellations or change of schedule. “It takes a huge toll on everyone, coaches and us kids. All we want is the chance to play ball,” admits Smith. “You just have to remain positive and remember there is a reason for everything and then play every game like it could be the last because it actually could be.”

Smith, whose favorite athlete is Diana Taurasi, a member of the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, was recently named to the All-Tournament team of the 2021 LeFlore County tournament. An honor that her coach, Jim Roll confirms is well deserved. “As a player, Morgan is a team first kind of performer. She does whatever we need to give us the chance,” confirmed the Lady Wolves mentor. “She’s not concerned about point production, just determined to play with pride and passion for her team. Her attitude is contagious with teammates and makes her fun to coach.”

With the coach’s comments as a foundation, it’s no surprise to learn what Smith believes to be the best part of her game. “Everyone wants to score, and I do too but what I do best is play defense,” said Smith with a voice of commitment. “For me, there’s no excuse. You can never afford to have an off day on defense.”

Ranked among the top performers in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA, Smith is a member of the National Honor Society along with the Business Professionals of America and FFA at school in addition to playing sports.

So what kind of person does Morgan see when looking in the mirror? “I can be goofy but I’m always energetic and caring and that’s what matters most to me,” Smith said with a humble voice. “Caring is most important because I can’t stand to see anyone around me upset or beside themselves.”

Proud to be called his “princess,” Morgan Smith has a game plan for everyday success by following the words of advice from her Papa while building a legacy footprint for others to find happiness. “Keep my head up no matter what the outcome and be proud to play the game.”

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