Results and top performers from Day 1 of the Australian U14’s Girls Club Championships being held in Terrigal, New South Wales.
Written by volunteers of NSW Basketball.
GAME #1 – STIRLING SENATORS (48) defeated WONTHAGGI COASTERS (45)
The opening game of the Championships was there for the taking for both teams for three quarters of this contest, but Stirling took control with a 9-0 run to open the fourth period. The Coasters made a late run on the back of 15 points from Lanni Pryor but fell agonisingly short.
GAME #2 – DARWIN CYCLONES (39) defeated by ILLAWARRA HAWKS (55)
After a nervous start, a third quarter run from the Hawks was enough to silence the Cyclones. Their effectiveness offensively and defensive pressure proved too much to overcome although Molly Althouse never gave in for Darwin.
GAME #3 – HORNSBY SPIDERS (37) defeated by CENTRAL DISTRICTS LIONS (46)
The Spiders got off to a great start in this game taking an early lead before the Lions settled into their rhythm. Once they got their noses in front they were never headed despite the efforts of the Hornsby, who hit some timely shots and had some solid inside play. However, Central District’s transition game and their dominance on the glass at both ends of the floor proved too much. For the Lions Chloe Webley (14 points) and Portia Size were impressive, while Bronte Corke (13 points) and Erica Pitman (10 points) were solid for the Spiders.
GAME #4 – NORTH TASMANIA FORESTERS (24) defeated by IPSWICH FORCE (64)
A clinical performance from the Force showcased their aggressive defence in the full-court and half-court as the Foresters fought bravely despite being forced into multiple turnovers.
GAME #5 – ROCKINGHAM FLAMES (31) defeated by BULLEEN BOOMERS (84)
Maintaining their reputation as one of the team’s to beat, the Boomers dominated all areas of the match as Gemma Porter starred for Bulleen while Chloe Napolitano shone for Rockingham.
GAME #6 – CANBERRA CAPTALS (63) defeated GOSFORD CITY REBELS (33)
The girls from the nation’s capital were on cue from the opening tip-off and were out to make a statement against the home side through their domination on the glass, opening up a 15-point lead at quarter-time. From there, the Rebels showed true fighting spirit and despite going down by 30 points there were some real positive signs for the remainder of the Championships. The best for the Capitals was Kassidy Fox (20 points) whilst for the Rebels were led by eight points from Boston Pate.
GAME #7 – ALICE SPRINGS SUNS (12) defeated by SOUTH WEST METRO PIRATES (71)
The Pirates were relentless in their match-up against the Suns with their stifling defense forcing plenty of errors and easy transition baskets. While the Suns battled hard and never gave up the fight, they were outclassed by South West Metro who got their Championship campaign off to a very positive start. Chynelle Marama was impressive for the Pirates with 22 points whilst Tamike Pon and Carly Wilson never stopped trying for the girls from the Alice.
GAME #8 – FORESTVILLE EAGLES (41) defeated by DIAMOND VALLEY EAGLES (80)
In a battle of the Eagles it was Diamond Valley who got the points in a dominant display. They set the tone early through their up-tempo and aggressive defense which opened up a 25-point lead at half-time. Things did not get any easier for Forestville in the second half as Casey Paea (17 points) and Kristina Saaga (12 points) led a solid team-performance from Diamond Valley.
GAME #9 – KNOX RAIDERS (62) defeated PERRY LAKES HAWKS (40)
A tight game at quarter-time was blown open by the Raiders who took a 13-point lead into the main break. Early in the third quarter, the Hawks closed the gap to seven but this would be as close as they would get as the execution from the girls from Victoria and their overall depth proved to be the difference with all ten players hitting the scoreboard.
GAME # 10 – CAIRNS DOLPHINS (40) defeated by NORTHS BEARS (62)
The defending Champions got their title defence off to a winning start, despite the match being equal at half-time. The team play of the Bears was a feature of this game and their ball and player movement constantly put the Dolphins defence under pressure. Shantey Kaigey was a shining light for the Dolphins with 17 points whilst Isabelle Morgan (17 points) and Akino Panin (20 points) combined for more than half of Norths’ points.
GAME #11 – STURT SABRES (46) defeated by MANLY SEA EAGLES (53)
In what was predicted to be a tight contest, this match-up certainly did not disappoint and was anyone’s game with a couple of minutes remaining. However, it was the Sea Eagles who ground out an important victory. Sturt showed their intentions early with their aggressive defense but the Sea Eagles always seemed to find a way to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Catriona Henderson was outstanding for the Sea Eagles with 23 points, Ella Johnson had 18 points for the Sabres.
GAME #12 – NEWCASTLE HUNTERS (45) defeated NORTH WEST TASMANIA THUNDER (34)
While the Hunters went into this game as the favourites they certainly did not have it all their own way as the Thunder battled hard. Newcastle were relentless with their full court pressure and were also very effective with their post play and second efforts. After maintaining touch for a majority of the first half thanks to Ashanti Jackson (11 points), the Thunder began to fall away late in the game as the Hunters depth, led by Keely McLean’s 15 points, proved too much.
GAME #13 – ILLAWARRA HAWKS (53) defeated STIRLING SENATORS (42)
A tight content throughout, the Hawks only got on top of the Senators in the final stages of the match. Both teams showed their intentions early with the Senators looking to trap the Hawks at every opportunity while Illawarra showed tremendous hustle of their own diving on loose balls. Despite leading by a point at half-time, Stirling could not hold on to the advantage as the Hawks converted their free-throws down the stretch to secure a well-deserved victory. Ella Dent for the Hawks and Brooke Rebel for the Senators both tallied 18 points.
GAME #14 – WONTHAGGI COASTERS (71) defeated DARWIN CYCLONES (70)
After they both suffered tough losses earlier in the day, neither team was willing to give up this contest. The Cyclones started well and led by as much as 13 points before Wonthaggi slowly reeled them in. Zali Anderson was the hero, nailing a free-throw in the dying seconds to overcome the solid play of Kayllah Motlop (16 points).
GAME #15 – IPSWICH FORCE (52) defeated HORNSBY SPIDERS (39)
This was always going to be an interesting battle with the size of the Force up against the speed and athleticism of the Spiders. Both teams started well and it was clear from the outset that this game had the potential to go down to the wire. The Force relied heavily on Neferatali Notoa and Catherine McGregor (16 points) to do most of their scoring and despite the Spiders best efforts through their transition game they simply could not score and consequently could not match Ipswich in the last quarter as the Force won the final term 17-2.
GAME #16 – GOSFORD CITY REBELS (38) were defeated by ROCKINGHAM FLAMES (70)
The Flames aggressive team play and fast break execution proved too much for the Rebels as Zahli Jolly collected 21 points although the play of Sarah Tobin (eight points) was indicative of Gosford’s never-say-die attitude in front of their home crowd.
GAME #17 – CENTRAL DISTRICT LIONS (56) defeated NORTH TASMANIA FORESTERS (39)
Shooting the lights out from downtown, te Lions got off to a great start while the Foresters looked to their options in the paint. As the game wore on, Central District grabbed the upper hand through their transition play and Portia Size (21 points) was instrumental in the win. Jessica Johnston did her best to keep North Tasmania in the contest with 10 points.
GAME #18 – BULLEEN BOOMERS (81) defeated CANBERRA CAPITALS (40)
The Boomers started the game with an 8-0 run and were never headed despite Canberra showing what they are capable of with suffocating defence and some sparkling offensive sets. Erin Riley led the way for Bulleen.