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By FRED KRONER
For Rantoul Press
In her first two years in high school, Armstrong-Potomac’s Morgan Zindars never advanced past the sectional level in the three-point shooting contest.
As a junior, she was one of four girls competing to be the Class 1A three-point champion Friday. Zindars was the leadoff shooter and hit 5 of 15 shots. The winner was Rockford Christian Life’s Jessica Moriarty, the repeat champion.
“Being the first shooter is nerve-racking,” Zindars said. “You have to put a number (to beat) out there.”
As the shooters face the basket, a TV camera is focused on them.
“That makes it worse,” Zindars said, “but you can’t pay attention to that.”
During the season, Zindars hit a team-high 41 three-pointers for the Trojans. She didn’t feel completely at ease at state.
“Nerves got to me,” she said. “I just wanted to shoot and represent my school. I hope to be back next year and bring my teammates along (as one of the competing schools).”