The winning Under 18s Wildcats include, from back left, coach Bill Jeffs, Brianna Harper, Zoe Allen, Chloe Rodda, Tenae Dixon, Maddi Lumby and team manager Karen Dixon. Front, Chloe Hogg, Kelsey Angwin, Gemma Dixon and Shannon Heylen.
ON February 22 and 23 Korumburra Wildcats Under 18 girls competed in the Division 1 and 2 state country championships in Bendigo.
Their first game on Saturday was against Shepparton, a tough encounter that saw the Korumburra girls jump out of the blocks to a 10 point lead.
Maddie Lumby’s tournament was cut short in the second quarter when she injured her knee, a big blow for the Wildcats.
Shepparton fought their way back into the game with some great outside shooting, but the Wildcats managed to hold on to a one point win.
The second game on Saturday was against Warrnambool which ended up being an easier game with the Wildcats playing great transition basketball and winning 52 – 23.
This put the girls into the Division 1 quarter finals on Sunday.
The quarter final was against Ballarat, and the Wildcats were slow to start with Ballarat jumping out to a 14 point lead at half time.
The second half saw some great shooting by the Wildcats and they managed to turn the game around and win by four points in a very exciting game.
The semi final was only one hour later against a much taller Southern Peninsula team.
The first half was a very physical affair and at half time the Wildcats found themselves three points down, 16 to 19.
The second half saw Southern Peninsula use their depth and height to take out the game by 17 points, but the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard showed with the Korumburra girls never giving up.
Southern Peninsula went on to win the grand final by 20 points against Shepparton, who Korumburra had beaten on Saturday.
It was a fantastic result by the Wildcats girls, finishing equal third in country Victoria.