Wildcats Under 16s, back, from left, Mat Holmes, Brylee Angwin, Tianna Heylen, Brooke Materia, Chloe Hogg, Alanna McRae, Nicole Lomas; front, Ellie Holmes, Abbey Kelson, Arli Wilkins, Caylee Lane, Seanan Trewin.
KORUMBURRA Wildcats Under 16 Girls played tough, determined and courageous basketball at the recent Country State Championships, to finish equal eighth in the state.
Sixteen teams from around Country Victoria met in the Latrobe Valley to battle out positions in Division 1 and 2 championships.
The Wildcats girls drew the tough pool of Maryborough, Port Fairy and Moe.
Meeting Maryborough first on the Saturday morning was always going to be a tough challenge, but the Wildcats girls were up to it, jumping their opponents to have 12 point lead at quarter time.
Alanna McRae and Tianna Heylen running hard in transition kept the lead up at half time.
Maryborough took a run at Korumburra in the fourth and came within three points but great team play to hold the ball up late in the last quarter gave the girls a five point win.
The team arrived at the Churchill to play Port Fairy with the temperature gauge in the stadium at 35 degrees!
The temperature had a definite effect on the game, slowing down play and it quickly became a grind.
Chloe Hogg was dominant in the post and Brylee Angwin had her shooting eye in.
The team posted an important win by 11 points.
The final pool game, the girls took on one of the tournament favourites in Moe. The girls were able to stick with them early, but the tougher early games had taken their toll and Moe kicked away late in the game and ran over the top of a tired Wildcats team.
Finishing second in the pool put the girls into Division One and the top eight teams in Country Victoria.
This saw them up against Ballarat in the quarter finals early Sunday morning.
The girls started well only three points behind at quarter time, but the scoring dried up in the second quarter with the team having no luck on the rings.
Ellie Holmes was throwing herself into defence, Abby Kelson worked hard to get some open shots and Seanan Trewin provided a spark when she came into the game. Unfortunately it wasn’t the Wildcats’ day and a stronger Ballarat ran out winners.
Wildcats coach Mat Holmes was thrilled with the team’s efforts.
“The team set a goal at the start of the season to make Division 1 at Country Champs and it’s great to see them achieve it.
“Finishing equal eighth in the state and beating associations and towns much bigger than us is something all the girls should be very proud of.” Traralgon and Ballarat played off for the Division 1 title with Traralgon emerging victors.
Mildura ended Hamilton’s hopes to take out the Division 2 final.