By Steve Svetovich
With all of the great basketball players in the area, who would ever think the leading scorer in Lackawanna League Girls’ Division III would be a freshman? But she is.
And she is also the leader in free throw percentage (.881) and 3-point shooting (2.8 per game).
Dunmore freshman Moriah Murray leads Lackawanna League Division III with an average of 16.9 points per game.
And it’s a sure bet the local basketball scene will be hearing her name for the next several years.
Daughter of Joseph Murray and Lynn Plotkin, Moriah said she has been playing basketball ever since she remembers learning to walk and run.
Only 15, the talented freshman said she has been playing in AAU travel basketball leagues “all of my life.”
With her team 15-0 (7-0 in the division) at press time, Moriah made an immediate impact on an already strong team under Dunmore veteran coach Ben O’Brien.
“Coach O’Brien taught me to just be myself,” said Moriah. “He told me to never be nervous. Just relax.”
Likewise, the Dunmore freshman guard said her parents teach her the same. “My parents always tell me to be myself and everything will be okay.”
Moriah, who often plays point guard, also averages about four assists per game. A pin point 3-point shooter, she takes pride in excelling at the foul line.
“That comes with practice,” she said.
Moriah currently plays AAU basketball for J.B. Hoops.
“AAU basketball has been a great experience for me,” she said. “But playing for Dunmore on the high school level is a whole different ball game.”
Versatile and hard working, Moriah also is a shortstop-pitcher as a softball player. She has a 91 academic average and is a member of the French Club at Dunmore High School. Her favorite academic subject is math.
Moriah said her freshman year at Dunmore could not be going any better. “I love Dunmore. It has been a great experience so far. I love playing basketball here. Dunmore is such a great community.”
Moriah talked about the success of the team. “We are successful because we trust each other. We have been playing with each other our whole lives. We played three-on-three, biddy basketball and AAU together. Our whole lives we have been together.”
The sharp shooting guard said she enjoys music and would like to see Travis Scott in concert.
Moriah said one of her goals is to play college basketball.
Her immediate goals? “That would be to keep getting better one game at a time. We just want to keep getting better and go as far as we can. We can really get it all together if we do that.”
And the simple reason for her own success as a starting freshman guard on the best girls’ basketball team in the area?
“Practice a lot.”