CORONA DEL MAR — Newport Harbor High senior center Alex Morton has been battling a back injury for several weeks now.
On Tuesday night in the Battle of the Bay, Morton was just back.
With game-highs of 15 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks, she helped the Sailors beat girls' basketball rival Corona del Mar, 42-31, on the Sea Kings' court.
Morton wasn't about to lose a Battle of the Bay game.
"I've won since seventh grade," Morton said, smiling, taking it back to her days at Ensign Intermediate. "I finished off strong."
Morton helped the Sailors (9-6) beat CdM (9-7) for the fourth straight year. She could have approached her second triple-double of the season if she didn't sit out much of the fourth quarter with Newport Harbor nursing a comfortable lead.
The smaller Sea Kings started the game ice-cold, and worse, couldn't challenge defensively. The Sailors didn't stray from their game plan established when they beat CdM, 43-34, on Dec. 4, in the final of the CdM tournament.