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Granite City junior Addaya Moore goes up for a basket during the Class 4A Granite City Regional on Feb. 15. Moore, a transfer from Riverview Gardens, just completed her first year with the Warriors and was the team’s leading scorer at 19 points per game.
Addaya Moore found a new home this winter.
After attending Riverview Gardens the last two years, Moore moved across the river to Granite City to live with her mother, Crystal. Then, she won a spot on the Granite City girls’ basketball team.
Moore’s first season with the Warriors was an outstanding one, averaging a team-high 19 points per game and earning all-tournament honors at Orchard Farm, Jerseyville and Carrollton.
“I love it,” the 6-foot-tall Moore said. “Everybody’s welcoming. The team is welcoming. (Granite City) Coach (Whitney Sykes-Rogers) is just amazing. I’m lucky to play for her.”
Crystal said she’s happy that her daughter turned in a successful season in her new school.
“She’s really enjoying it here,” she said. “It’s a lot more pleasant to watch her play here than it was in St. Louis last year.”
Moore’s junior season came to an end on Feb. 15, when the Warriors lost to Quincy 45-27 in a first-round game of the Class 4A Granite City Regional. She’s one of three juniors on the team.
This year, Moore helped her team make a big turnaround from last winter. The Warriors won seven games after having just three victories a year ago.
“She pretty much does everything,” Sykes-Rogers said. “She needs to work on being more aggressive and being stronger. Sometimes she gets pushed around a little bit and she needs to push back. But she has been a catalyst for us and she has to be a leader for this team because she probably has the most basketball experience out there. She has to take control of the team and settle them down.”
Moore scored 11 points in her first game in a Granite City uniform on Nov. 30 against Duchesne in the first round of the Orchard Farm Tournament. She scored 30 points against host Jersey on Dec. 29 in the Jersey Tournament and 29 in the Warriors’ 61-49 win over Marquette Catholic in the consolation championship game of the Carrollton Tournament.
Moore also helped the Warriors pull off a come-from-behind, 44-43 win over the Alton Redbirds on Jan. 19. She scored 21 points, including the game-winning basket with 5 seconds left.
Crystal said she enjoys watching her daughter play basketball.
“She’s been working really hard this season to try to get in shape and gets where she wants to be,” she said. “It’s nice to see her finally start reaching some of her goals she has set for herself.”
Belleville West coach Seth Garrett said he was amazed with the way Moore played this season. Moore scored 23 points against the Maroons on Jan. 26 at Memorial Gymnasium.
“She does a great job putting the ball on the floor,” Garrett said. “If you give her any space at all, she’ll dribble it once or twice and she’s on her way to the rim. Our girls aren’t used to that. Usually, girls bounce it three, four or five times to get from the top of the key to the basket, but not her. She takes two bounces and she’s there. She gets there so much quicker than we’re used to.”
Moore credits her mother for her outstanding junior season.
“My mom is the best,” Moore said. “She’s been there since I was really little. Every game she tries to make it to, she’s honestly the best mom ever. She’s my No. 1 fan.”
Moore has been playing basketball since she in fifth grade. Her brother, Zeke, is a senior on the Riverview Gardens boys’ basketball team and plans to attend Saint Louis University on a basketball scholarship next year. Her father, Gerald, is the head coach at Riverview Gardens.
“I have a passion for it,” Moore said. “I hope to continue it in the next level. It’s my dream to get to the next level and I hope to make a career out of basketball.”
Crystal Moore said her daughter has improved tremendously from her first year of basketball in fifth grade.
“She was a little clumsy at first and all of that kind of stuff,” she said. “She’s kind of tall, so she started to get to her height and was able to control it without turning it over as much and everything. It’s coming along very well.”
Crystal Moore said she has high hopes of her daughter in the future.
“She wants to go to school and play basketball,” she said. “I have no doubt in my mind that if she keeps working like she’s been working, she’ll achieve it.”
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