Nyah Moran starts, and King finishes in girls basketball win over Norco
By Landon Negri
RIVERSIDE >> Nyah Moran didn’t begin the season in the starting lineup for King’s girls basketball team. In fact, she only got the nod from Coach Jesus Martinez about two weeks ago.
Moran has more than made up for lost time.
The sophomore had a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) and senior center Shae Johnson added one of her own Wednesday night as host King turned back feisty Norco, 62-48, for a Big VIII League victory.
The Wolves (18-4, 7-0 league), ranked No. 3 in the HSGameTime girls basketball rankings, maintained their league lead with the victory. Ranked No. 9, Norco (12-13, 4-3) once again played tough but came up short.
Moran has given King a shot in the arm in its production. The 5-foot-9 guard has shown equal ability to drive to the basket and rebound, or hit from the perimeter, as she did twice in four 3-point attempts Wednesday.
“Nyah is doing the best that she possibly can with the opportunities she’s been given,” Martinez said.
And her rebounding helped give King a decided edge over Norco. Johnson had 19 points and 14 rebounds of her own, while Moran had seven boards in the first quarter and 10 by halftime.
Starting has provided a lift, Moran said.
“It’s helped me and it’s made me positive and helped my game out a lot,” she said.
Leading 31-26 at halftime, the Wolves surged ahead in the third quarter, expanding the lead into double digits.
Norco senior standout and Loyola Marymount commit Naomi Yim was her usual stellar self, popping jumpers from all over the court and finishing with a game-high 24 points. She also had six assists.
But the Cougars couldn’t keep up. The closest they got to the lead was on Yim’s pass to senior Anai Washington to close the gap to 52-45 with 5:23 remaining.
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