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Athlete of the Week: Grace Moore

Jasmine McIntosh
Junior Grace Moore describes the girls on the varsity basketball team as all being very close with each other.

Junior Grace Moore has been shooting hoops ever since she was in pre-K and has continued to play the sport throughout high school. She is currently a point guard and wing for the La Salle girls varsity basketball team.

Along with playing on the La Salle team she also plays on her dad’s club team: Oregon Premier Basketball. 

Moore’s pre-practice and pre-game rituals consist of hanging out with her close-bonded teammates in the team room or in the athletic training room. Moore also appreciates an Iced Hawaiian Rebel from Dutch Bros or a chicken, rice, lettuce, and cheese bowl from Chipotle as an after-practice treat. 

During practice, Moore and her teammates listen to a playlist put together by senior Eva McCaffery as they complete drills or laps. Despite not having a workout playlist herself, if she did have one she would make sure to include Drake, as she enjoys listening to him. 

Moore’s favorite game memory occurred last year when she was on JV and their team played Beaverton High School. As the game approached the end, Moore hit the buzzer beater and was very proud of herself as the crowd cheered for the abrupt and shocking basket.

One of Moore’s basketball role models is professional player Sabrina Ionescu. Moore looks up to her because she feels like she’s a really important and inspiring model for basketball players like herself, and feels a connection to her since she went to the University of Oregon.

Her dad has played a huge role in her basketball journey as she’s “always been influenced by [her] dad, he was a big part of it, he really pushed me into playing the sport,” Moore said. 

Moore’s time at La Salle has not been just about basketball. In her academic life, Moore credited English teacher Ms. Anna Hooker as her favorite teacher because “she’s just so kind,” she said. 

Outside of basketball and school, Moore enjoys shopping. Some of her favorite places are Pacsun and Brandy Melville.

Some useful words of advice Moore would give to younger or new players would be “if you want to be good, just practice more and just really participate, and try your hardest even if it’s hard just keep pushing yourself,” she said.  

Although basketball is a hefty part of her life right now, Moore doesn’t think she will remain playing the sport in college. However, she would still like to be involved in pick-up or other small basketball games while she pursues a degree in nursing.

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