THE Korumburra Wildcats sent four teams to the Under 16 and Under 18 Division 3 and 4 Country State Championships held in Bendigo over the long weekend with fantastic results – all four teams made the Division 3 finals, with the Under 16 Boys and Under 18 Girls taking the titles.
The Under 18 girls finished top of their pool under guidance of the experienced Jazz Jeffs and progressed to the semi final against Echuca.
In a tight game, the girls displayed some control and poise to come away with a nine point win and a spot in the grand final against the Swan Hill Flyers.
Having played the Flyers in the earlier pool matches and notching up a 20 point win, the girls were ready for a much closer match in the final.
They needn’t have worried, having the game well in control by half time (33 to 11) and running away with the game in the second half, 60 to 27.
The Wildcat girls, Chloe Hogg, Tiana Heylen, Ellie Holmes, Brooke Materia, Alana McRae, Abbey Kelson, Jaya Dalmau and Carly Vuillermin taking the Division 3 State Title.
The Under 16 boys dominated all teams over the weekend, finishing a clear top in their pool and proceeded to the quarter finals, against another local team, in Phillip Island – the boys coming away with the win, as they did with relative ease against Swan Hill Flyers in the semi final.
This set up the title game against the Kyneton Tigers.
The boys made an uncharacteristic slow start to the final, looking a little nervous.
Some clear instructions from coach Adam Smith saw them hitting their straps early in the second half and pulling away with a convincing win 57 to 30.
The Wildcat boys, Sam Flanders, Jordan Grabham, Trent Kelly, Cade James, Tyson Hanegraaf, Jack Burgess-Pincini, Alex Krausz, Brady Mitchell, Ryan Angwin and Levi Cockesedge taking out the Division 3 State Title.
The Under 18 boys played some great basketball in the early pool games to finish second in their pool, booking a spot in the quarter final, against a Maryborough Blazers.
The boys made a valiant effort against the tall and talented Blazers but went down by 17 points.
The Under 16 girls finished top of their pool and played their quarter final against Camperdown Lakers.
The girls made a strong start to the game opening up an early lead, only to see it vanish with some great shooting by the Lakers and the girls unable to capitalize on their chances, going down by three points.
Wildcats take two country titles