Alex Morton plays basketball much more than she watches the sport on television.
The Newport Harbor High senior center would rather flip the ball into the basket than flip through the channels.
"Everyone's always so surprised to hear that," Morton said. "Some people are just religious with it. My dad will call me and he's like, 'Alex, the Lakers are on, are you going to watch Bynum today?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, sure.' Then, 'Oh wait, I forgot.' "
She admits she's using an old example. Andrew Bynum, the Los Angeles Lakers center, has not played this year for the purple and gold as he's recovering from a knee injury.
Morton has already dealt with injuries herself this season, namely a strained back. But, unlike Bynum, she has definitely made her presence felt for the Sailors.
The Daily Pilot High School Girls' Athlete of the Week was instrumental as Newport Harbor won the CdM Tip-off Tournament last week, defeating the rival Sea Kings, 43-34, in the final at Northwood High. Morton, named the tournament Most Valuable Player, averaged 14.8 points, 14.3 rebounds and eight blocks over the Sailors' four wins.