Results and top performers from Day 4 of the Australian U14’s Girls Club Championships being held in Terrigal, New South Wales.
Written by volunteers at Basketball NSW.
GAME #53 SHIELD DIVISION – STURT SABRES (59) defeated NORTHERN TASMANIA FORESTERS (25)
Sturt found their offensive groove early in this contest which meant the Foresters were chasing from the outset and although they worked tirelessly, the execution and speed of the Sabres was the difference. Lauren Wise scored six points for Northern Tasmania while the points were shared evenly across the Sturt side.
GAME #54 SHIELD DIVISION – NORTH WEST TASMANIA THUNDER (55) defeated CAIRNS DOLPHINS (38)
After a tight first quarter, the Thunder were able to pull away to lead by 20 points at the final break thanks to a dominant display on the glass. Shanty Kaigey (10 points) led a strong charge in the final term for Cairns as they cut into the deficit but the play from the likes of Mya Slatter had already secured the win for North West Tasmania.
GAME #55 SHIELD DIVISION – HORNSBY SPIDERS (88) defeated NT SOUTH SUNS (29)
With some impressive passing, the Suns had their fare of the highlight reel but they were uanble to penetrate the Spiders’ defence enough as Horsnby’s full-court press proved effective. Tamika Pon had 11 points for NT South but with five three-pointers, Eric Pitman (25 points) controlled the contest.
GAME #56 SHIELD DIVISION – PERRY LAKES HAWKS (69) defeated GOSFORD CITY REBELS (31)
The Rebels started this game well and took it to the Hawks early but a 22-2 run from the eventual victors sealed the deal as Perry Lakes’ size and athleticism proved too much to handle. Millicent McCarthy was impressive for the Hawks with 19 points whilst Boston Pate was the only player to score double figures for the Rebels with 11 points.
GAME #57 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – CENTRAL DISTRICT LIONS (46) defeated STIRLING SENATORS (20)
The Lions led this game from start to finish and dominated the play through their impressive offensive transition and full court defense. The Senators did a great job on the boards, but they could not find a consistent scoring opportunities as Portia Size top-scored with 14 points.
GAME #58 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – FORESTVILLE EAGLES (41) defeated NEWCASTLE HUNTERS (32)
The inside presence of the Eagles eventually wore down the gallant Hunters despite some impressive shooting from the Newcastle’s bigs. Kelsey Rees was very good for the Eagles whilst Kate Kingham never stopped trying with 11 points for the Hunters.
GAME #59 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – KNOX RAIDERS (48) defeated CANBERRA CAPITALS (37)
A 19-point lead at half-time set up the win for Knox as Louise Karajic-Powell and Clare Mullins combined their inside and outside games to perfection. Zali Andrews kept the Capitals in the contest but fouled out in the fourth quarter.
GAME #60 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – IPSWICH FORCE (50) defeated SOUTH WEST METRO PIRATES (45)
Despite grabbing a double-digit lead in the second term, the Force were unable to put away the Pirates in this Sunshine State match-up. They closed within six in the final term but were unable to put the finishing touches on the match as Karissa Grigg (22 points) countered 17 from Chynelle Marama.
GAME #61 – STURT SABRES (59) defeated NORTH WEST TASMANIA THUNDER (31)
The Sturt Sabres offensive teamwork and defensive intensity proved to be too much for the Thunder with Mikayla Tararelli (11 points) ensuring they to the Shield semi-finals.
GAME #62 SHIELD DIVISION – HORNSBY SPIDERS (54) defeated NORTHS BEARS (35)
Unfortunately Norths went into this match severely undermanned with only six players for the entire contest and this was a determining factor. The Spiders up-tempo style of play at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor was simply too much as Dalia Walker (22 points) and Erica Pitman (13 points) starred.
GAME #63 SHIELD DIVISION – ROCKINGHAM FLAMES (47) defeated NORTH TASMANIA FORESTERS (36)
The Flames jumped out to a quick start with Molly Wilson contributing eight of the team’s first ten points but the Foresters settled to pull within two at the main break. Half-time came at a handy time for Rockingham though, who used a dominant third-quarter to set up the win.
GAME #64 SHIELD DIVISION – PERRY LAKES (58) defeated WONTHAGGI COASTERS (47)
The first quarter was a very tight affair with both teams trading baskets, but in the second quarter Perry Lakes turned the game on its head with an impressive defensive display and in turn opening up a 16-point lead going into the main break. The Coasters worked extremely hard on the boards at both ends of floor and although they got the margin to ten points heading into the fourth period, it would be as close as they would get.
GAME #65 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – MANLY SEA EAGLES (41) defeated FORESTVILLE EAGLES (39)
Forestville got off to a strong start, leading right through the third quarter. The lead then changed hands multiple times in the final term before the Sea Eagles grabbed a five-point lead with four minutes remaining. The Eagles fought hard to take back the advantage with 48 seconds left on the clock but a field goal and two clutch free-throws from Catriona Henderson stole the game for Manly in the dying seconds.
GAME #66 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – BULLEEN BOOMERS (78) defeated CENTRAL DISTRICT LIONS (26)
The Boomers scored the first 31 points of the match, forcing multiple turnovers and converting at the offensive end despite the best effort of Portia Size and Emilie Walsh.
GAME #67 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – KNOX RAIDERS (67) defeated ILLAWARRA HAWKS (40)
Knox proved too big and had too many offensive weapons for Illawarra as Charlise Dunn (11 points) impressed in a deep Raiders outfit. For the Hawks, Ella Dent was a shining light.
GAME #68 CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – CANBERRA CAPITALS (43) defeated IPSWICH FORCE (40)
Both teams displayed great team-work and hustle both in transition and on the boards. Catherine MacGregor (22 points) almost kept the Force’s Championship dreams alive but Natasha Lyall (15 points) was one of many Canberra players able to secure the close win.
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