Moriah Murray and the Dunmore Lady Bucks keep adding to their list of accomplishments this season.
Murray, the JB Hoops player who is a freshman guard for the unbeaten Lady Bucks, was the game’s leading scorer with 17 points, including a pair of late 3-pointers, Feb. 2 when Dunmore won a meeting of state-ranked Class 3A teams 53-40 at Loyalsock Township.
The clutch effort in one of the few times Dunmore has been tested in a late-game situation was one of the big reasons Murray received the PNC Bank District 2 Girls Basketball Player of the Week Monday.
The Lady Bucks did not stop there.
Dunmore clinched its sixth straight Lackawanna League Division 3 title Thursday when Murray shared team scoring honors with Victoria Toomey, scoring 14 each, in a 68-21 rout of Lakeland.
Toomey, a senior, is a recent alum of the JB Hoops AAU program.
Murray and Toomey were teammates during the spring and summer of 2018 when Murray was the youngest player on the JB Hoops Carra team.
Two other Dunmore starters, Gianna Delfino and Lisa Tallo, played on that team.
They have formed a dominant combination this high school season.
Playing on the road against another of the state’s top 10 teams in Loyalsock Township, Dunmore started to make it look easy again late in the.
“In the fourth quarter, we had a 17-point lead,” Murray said. “We knew they were going to come back and make a final run and they did. They cut it to nine.”
A quick, experienced team went after the Lady Bucks with its pressure.
“With their pressure defense, I was in the corner and Leelee Tallo hit me,” Murray said of the third of her four 3-pointers in the game. “Then, when we came back down, they messed up their defense somehow and left me wide open on the wing.
“There was no hesitation. I just took it right away.”
And, with that, one of the most challenging games of the season to date was decided for the Lady Bucks.
Murray also had a team-high 16 points in the first game of the week, a 66-18 rout of Carbondale.
Dunmore led its first two games of the week 49-4 and 35-5 at halftime.
On the season, Murray is averaging almost 16 points and three 3-pointers per game. She contributes more than just scoring with five rebounds and four assists per game, along with being part of a Dunmore defense that is giving up 27 points per game.
“I put a lot of time into the game and my goal is to just win,” said Murray, who played up with some of her teammates and other older high school players last spring and summer with the JB Hoops AAU team. “ … It’s not all about scoring.”
But, when scoring is needed, Murray is ready to provide it on a team with three senior starters returning from a championship squad that went to the state semifinals.
“They know I’m a shooter,” Murray said. “Whenever I’m open, I just take the shots that I can.”
Murray follows two older sisters into the long run of success at Dunmore. Ashley and Courtney Murray both played for the Lady Bucks, then Marywood University.
The PNC Bank Player of the Week awards are announced each week on the John Bucci Show, which airs Mondays at 6 p.m. on NEPA’s ESPN radio and is available on demand at http://webca.st/146970.