Tayah’s big hoop dreams

Melville Times - - Sport -

TAYAH Mor­gan is equally com­fort­able han­dling an or­ange or white ball – and the Leeming res­i­dent is de­ter­mined to prove she has what it takes to play both bas­ket­ball and net­ball at the high­est level.

The Wil­let­ton Se­nior High School stu­dent be­gan her love af­fair with hoop sports on the net­ball court as a seven-year-old, fol­low­ing some of her friends to bas­ket­ball train­ing a year later.

The young sharp­shooter now plays point guard for Wil­let­ton Bas­ket­ball Club’s Un­der-14 WABL side, as well as her high school and has also been se­lected to the Bas­ket­ball Western Aus­tralia fu­ture de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

As far as net­ball goes, Tayah plays ei­ther goal at­tack or goal shooter and this past sea­son was named the most valu­able 12-an­dun­der player in the Fre­man­tle Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, where she wears St Christo­pher’s colours.

She was also se­lected to the Coastal Pups de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

The high­light of the year came when Tayah was named in the WA State School­girls bas­ket­ball team that will travel to Ade­laide in De­cem­ber to com­pete in the Pa­cific School Games.

“I had to go to a cou­ple of tri­als and each week five or so girls would get cut,” Tayah said.

“Then we played two scratch matches and the team was se­lected af­ter that.

“It was quite stress­ful be­cause you’d only find out if you’d made the cut at the end of each ses­sion.”

Tayah plans to con­tinue play­ing both sports through­out high school and said the in­ten­sive train­ing sched­ule did not bother her.

“I like hav­ing dif­fer­ent groups of friends that play bas­ket­ball and net­ball,” she said.

Tayah Mor­gan.

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