Korumburra Wildcats’ Under 16 girls returned home from the Bendigo State Country Championships as Division 3 runners-up. The team is, from back left, coach Matt Holmes, Tiana Heylen, Nikki Stockdale, Courtney Teakle, Brooke Materia, Chloe Hogg and team manager Nicole Lomas. Front, Darci Holmes, Alexandra Evans, Brylee Angwin, Ellie Holmes and Libby Hutchinson.
ON March 15 and 16 Korumburra Basketball Association sent teams to Bendigo to compete in the State Country Championships.
The Wildcats entered teams in the Division 3 and 4 categories for Under 16 boys and girls and Under 18 boys.
The Under 20 men also competed against the best sides in the state.
The Under 16 girls played three preliminary games, winning two of them to place them into Division 3 for Sunday’s finals.
The quarter final was against Benalla with the Wildcats winning 50 to 39.
The semi final was against Colac and the girls had another good game, winning 40 to 32.
The grand final on Sunday afternoon was against the undefeated Hamilton side.
A very competitive game saw the Hamilton side up by four points at half time.
Coach Matt Holmes fired up his girls at half time and the second half was just as close with Hamilton clinging on to their four point lead at the end of the game.
The Under 16 boys played four games on Saturday winning two games to put them into a Division 4 quarter final on Sunday morning.
The Wildcats played Horsham and after trailing by one point at half time, lost the game by nine points.
The Under 18 boys played five preliminary games for the weekend, winning the first game and then losing the next four games.
The Under 20 men won two out of four preliminary games to put them into a quarter final against Bendigo.
The Korumburra team played a very competitive game to eventually go down by 17 points to the much bigger Bendigo side.