Posted On: 11/25/17 9:30 AM

Perhaps Maggie Murphy should take more summers off. I'm really not sure what the talented 6-foot junior from Providence Academy was up to in May, June and July, but I know she wasn't playing AAU basketball. Murphy, a long-time member of the outstanding Crossfire Theissen team, chose not to play this summer, as did her teammate Caroline Mahowald. Based on opening day of the 2017-18 high school season, Murphy made the right choice because she played the most complete game of basketball we have seen from her in a very long time. Mahowald was pretty darn good, as well. Unfortunately Maggie's 19-point-performance wasn't quite enough as junior Aiana Whitfield had 19 of her own to lead Benilde St. Margaret's to a 48-46 win. It was the day's only nail-biter.

After starting slowly, Providence founds its legs and went on a 17-4 run to establish control of the game. Murphy was one of the primary reasons why. She is a big, strong power forward who knows how to finish through all manner of contact. Friday, she was doing that to perfection, penetrating hard from both the left and right sides of the basket, powering through defenders and leaving a trail of

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