By Tim O’Brien
The Beverly Review

Struggling at the free-throw line through the first weeks of the season, Kaitlyn Mullings switched up her routine at the charity stripe.

Before shooting, she now places the ball under her arm and takes a breath, and the Morgan Park Academy (MPA) junior forward seems to be on to something.

Connecting on 5 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter on Jan. 9 against Woodlands Academy in an Independent School League (ISL) game, Mullings’ overall effort helped host MPA earn an exciting 48-43 win.

“In the beginning of the season, I was missing a lot of free throws. I decided to try something new,” Mullings said. “I take a second and focus on the game and get out of my head. I take my time. There’s no need to rush.”

Along with her free-throw shooting prowess, Mullings powered the Warriors with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Mullings has been a key player this season for MPA, but according to Coach Tom Drahozal, her performance against Woodlands was outstanding.

“Kaitlyn has really picked it up this year, but this was by far her best game,” Drahozal said. “We needed other players to step up, and Kaitlyn has really stepped up with points and a lot of tough rebounds.”

Mullings scored 11 of her 22 in the fourth quarter.