THE Korumburra Wildcats Women’s team broke a 10-year drought to take home the Country Basketball League Championship on Saturday night, defeating Warragul in thrilling match at the Cameron Sporting Arena in Maffra, with the final score reading 81 to 70.
The team entered the game as firm favourites, undefeated during the season and winning the semi final against Moe in gritty fashion the week before.
The game started with the Wildcats girls dominating the first quarter, Jamie-Lee Jeffs and Chloe Hogg unstoppable in the paint and the girls jumping to a 12-point lead at the first break.
The Warriors adjusted their defensive structure in the second which made it difficult for the Korumburra bigs in the paint, forcing the Wildcats into a perimeter game.
Warragul’s Zeldenyk and Dickson were shooting well, and the margin was back to four points to the Wildcats at the main change.
The third term was full of hard and gritty basketball, neither side giving any breaks.
Kelsey Angwin was doing a super defensive job on league high scorer Shanara Notman, holding her to only 7pts for the game.
Captain Gemma Dixon was controlling the front court for the Wildcats, but good open shots wouldn’t drop.
With Hogg forced to take a lengthy rest on the bench due to picking up four fouls, Korumburra would enter the fourth quarter holding a 1-point lead.
With Warragul hitting the first two points of the quarter, they took the lead for the first time in the match and momentum looked to be heading their way.
Enter 15-year-old Wildcat Tyla Angwin.
With the Warriors still packing the key, the Wildcats went to their perimeter shooter.
Angwin was playing like a veteran, displaying excellent poise and hitting two massive 3-point shots within 60 seconds of being subbed in.
Dixon then hit nothing but net from the top of the perimeter and the Wildcats were out to an eight-point lead with just two minutes left in the game.
With the orange and black army of supporters breathing a little easier, Loni Jeffs put it beyond doubt with a lovely mid-range jumper to give an 11-point buffer and the title.
The game’s highest scorers were Jamie Lee Jeffs (24pts), Chloe Hogg (16pts), Loni Jeffs (11pts) and Tyla Angwin (8 pts).
Head coach Mat Holmes was thrilled with the result.
“I’m just so happy for all the players, especially the likes of Gemma, Jaz and Loni who have been chasing a title for years.
“It really was a deserved win as the entire group have worked so hard this season.”
Holmes was also very appreciative of the supporters who travelled the distance to Maffra to support the girls.
“Our supporters, the orange and black army, are just fantastic, loud and encouraging; it’s as much for them as it is the girls.”
To cap of the night, Jamie Lee Jeffs was named the match MVP.
Jamie Lee and Chloe Hogg were both named in the Gippsland All Star Five team and Chloe Hogg also took out the League MVP for the season.
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