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-and-under 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.