By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore senior Moriah Murray scored 14 points including the 1,500th of her career, in the Lady Bucks District 2 Class 4A semifinal win over Nanticoke, 69-9, Saturday, Feb. 26, at Dunmore. The 1,500th career point came with 58.3 seconds left in the first quarter.
Standout center Ciera Toomey scored 14 points for Dunmore. Senior guard Mia Bume scored 11 points. Sophia Talutto added 10 points.
Moriah hit on two 3-point shots in the dominant win.
Dunmore defeated Berwick, 53-16, in the Class 4A quarterfinal.
Daughter of Joseph Murray and Lynn Plotkin, Moriah is averaging 14.5 points per game for the Lady Bucks this season.
“The 1,500th career point felt great,” she said. “But I wasn’t really focusing on it. I don’t really think about points when I am playing. I just think about winning the game.”
The senior point guard talked about why the Lady Bucks were so successful against Nanticoke.
Overall, we played one of our best defensive games of the season. Our season ended last year when Nanticoke didn’t want to play us due to COVID. It cost us a chance at a championship. So we really wanted to beat them. And now we can go on to the district title game. We want the district title.”
Moriah talked about what it takes to excel at the point guard position in high school basketball.
“It takes a lot of practice and you need to know a lot of plays. You need to know your team on the floor. You need to control your team on offense.”
Moriah, a four-year starter on the Lady Bucks basketball team, is a member of TACT, SADD and the French Club. She played on the Dunmore softball team last year.
The talented senior will play basketball next season at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is currently undecided about a major. She will play basketball with her good friend Kylie Lavelle who recently scored her 1,800th career point for Riverside. “We are real close,” Moriah said. “We played on travel teams together. I am really excited about playing with her next year.
“Playing college basketball has always been one of my major goals. I am just so excited about the opportunity.”
Confident and hard working, Moriah said her immediate goal is to help Dunmore win the district title and then go after a state championship this season.
Moriah was selected Lackawanna League first team all-star, All Region and All State three years in a row leading into her senior season. She was Lackawanna League Player of the Year and All Region Player of the Year as a freshman.
Moriah said her parents taught her to “never give up.”
She said Dunmore veteran basketball coach Ben O’Brien taught her a lot. “He taught me so many things about the game of basketball. The most important thing he taught me was that hard work pays off.”
Moriah said she loves to listen to music in her spare time and would like to see Roddy Rich, Rhianna, and Travis Scott in concert.
She has thoroughly enjoyed her Dunmore experience as the final months of her senior year approach.
“There is nowhere better than Dunmore,” she said. “Nothing could compare.
“It is a very close knit community. Dunmore is one big family, especially our basketball team. Our team is so close. We have been together since biddy basketball. We would not win without our great team chemistry. We are all best friends, both on and off the court.”