Day 8 (Grand Final Day): U18 Aust Junior Champs – Women

Day 8 (Grand Final Day): U18 Aust Junior Champs – Women

After a week of competition the placings get decided today. Who will finish number one and where will the others fall?

New Zealand vs WA Metro — Play-off for eleventh

In the battle for eleventh place, New Zealand has sealed a narrow four-point win over WA Metro, sending the West Australians to 12th spot, 55-51.

For the New Zealanders, Morgan Roberts stood tall, dropping 21 points in the big win.

Equally impressive was Amy Kidner, who also finished with 21 points in a gallant effort for the WA side.

New Zealand 55 (Morgan Roberts 21) defeated WA Metro 51 (Amy Kidner 21)

NSW Metro vs WA Country — Play-off for ninth

NSW Metro have clinched eleventh place, sending WA Country to 10th with a solid 56-42 victory on the last day of competition.

For the NSW side, Alex Delaney finished with 12 points while Brianan Kentwell added 11 points.

For the WA Country outfit, Darcee Garbin was the only double-digit scorer, finishing with 16 points.

NSW Metro 56
(Alex Delaney 12, Brianan Kentwell 11) defeated WA Country 42
(Darcee Garbin 16)

Tasmania vs ACT — Play-off for Seventh

In the battle for seventh place, the homeside Tasmanians have sent the ACT down to eighth, taking a strong win, 59-51.

Before a vocal home crowd, the Tassie girls delivered an inspired final quarter after trailing by one heading into the last term. They held the ACT to just 11 points in the final ten minutes, dropping 17 points to run over the top of the Canberrans.

For Tasmanians, Jessy Price finished with a dominant 15 points and she had plenty of help by Grace Lennox's 14 point contribution.

For the ACT, Laura Kovacs led all scorers with 16 points, while Kathryn Rendell added 12.

Tasmania 59
(Jessy Price 15, Grace Lennox 14) defeated ACT 51 (Laura Kovacs 16, Kathryn Rendell 12)

NSW Country vs SA Country — Play-off for Fifth

The SA pair of Alex Wilson and Stephanie Talbot have proven too much to handle for defenses yet again, this time leading their side to victory, and securing a fifth placing in the tournament, accounting for NSW Country by 40 points.

Wilson finished with 28 points while Talbot dropped 26

NSW Country turned it over 29 times to a careful 11 from the SA side. They turned these into easy baskets at the other end of the floor delivering the easy win for the side.

For NSW Country, Tiarna Porter finished with a team-best 11 points, while Jordan Barrett added eight.

SA Country 84 (Alex Wilson 28, Stephanie Talbot 26) defeated NSW Country 44 (Tiarna Porter 11, Jordan Barrett 8)

VIC Country vs Queensland South — Bronze Medal Game

Queensland South has clinched Bronze with an impressive win over VIC Country on Saturday afternoon, extending at every quarter to win 50-59.

Team captain Madelyn Willey led all scorers, rising to the occasion with 16 points to lead all scorers. Tiana Mangakahia and Mikhaela Donnelly both added 10 points each.

For VIC Country, Abigail Wehrung was thier best contributor with 13 points with Bronte Clark chipping in with 11 points and Ebony Rolph with 10 points.

Queensland South 59 ( Madelyn Willey 16, Tiana Mangakahia 10, Mikhaela Donnelly 10) defeated VIC Country 50 (Abigail Wehrung 13, Bronte Clark 11, Ebony Rolph 10)  

VIC Metro vs SA Metro — Gold Medal Game

After a tight three quarters of basketball, VIC Metro have delivered a devastating final term to beat SA Metro and be crowned U18 Australian Junior Champions, sealing the win 70-61.

SA Metro came out the aggressor in the first half, with Alexandra Ciabattoni firing early with nine first-quarter points.

Ciabattoni continued her dominance in the second period, the likes of captain Jessica Good and Amy Shaw getting in on the action. SA Metro took a handy 10 point lead into half time.

SA Metro extended the lead mid-way through the third, leading by 13 points with four minutes to play until three-quarter time.

But VIC Metro went on a dramatic run as SA's offense dried up. Carley Mijovic, Jaclyn Smith and Billie Lucas all contributed as VIC Metro drew within one point heading into the final term.

From then on, they couldn't be contained as Carley Mijovic and Louise Brown fired throughout the final term, the VICs running away with the game and the championship.

For VIC Metro, Carley Mijovic was devastating, finishing with an impressive 31 points and nine boards. Billie Lucas and Louise Brown both added 12 each, with Brown reeling in 15 boards.

For SA Metro, Alexandra Ciabattoni finished with 13 points, while Jessica Good added 12 points, capping off a fine tournament for the SA Metro side also.

VIC Metro 70 (Carley Mijovic 31, Billie Lucas 12, Louise Brown 12) defeated SA Metro 61 (Alexandra Ciabattoni 13, Jessica Good 12)