Written and provided by Southern Districts Basketball Association, hosts of the 2014 Australian U14 Girls Club Championships.
If day one was an example of the basketball action to come, we’re really going to enjoy this week. The standard set by our teams early on is a credit to everyone: our participants, referees, and everyone involved behind the scenes. Well done to everyone involved both here and at home, thank you for your efforts.
10.30am Court 2 – Newcastle Hunters v Ipswich Force
Pool A started in style with a match-up between two tough teams that looked to push each other to the limit from the opening tip. Newcastle was first to look to take control, jumping to an early lead, before Ipswich picked up the tempo. That forced Newcastle to their bench to maintain their momentum in what was shaping up to be a fast paced game. Not to be outdone, Newcastle applied even more pressure in transition and behind the all round play of Isabel Palmer managed to open what proved to be an insurmountable lead in the second half, registering the first win in pool A 57-33.
Newcastle Hunters 57 (I Palmer 15, J Pinkerton 14) def Ipswich Force 33 (T Cox 8, L Taito 6)
12 Noon Court 2 – West Adelaide Bearcats v NT Southern Suns
The second game in pool A saw West Adelaide take on the NT Southern team, with both teams looking to open their championship account. West Adelaide, behind the play of Molly Whitmore, jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and showed a high degree of polish in their offense with 4 players ending up in double figures for the game. The NT Southern Suns countered with interior firepower of their own to keep challenging the West Adelaide front line, but the Bearcats proved ultimately to be too big and mobile for the Suns to be able to match in this game, winning 83-22.
West Adelaide Bearcats 83 (M Whitmore 31, Z Turner 13) def NT Southern Suns 22 (T Pon 10, T Fishook 8)
9am Court 1 – Perry Lakes Hawks v Sunshine Coast Rip
Perry Lakes jumped Suncoast with aggressive defence and strong drives to the basket to open the championship and take a good lead into the first break. In the second Suncoast overcame their initial scoring troubles on the back of Dustie Obah and, as the game progressed, found their transition game. Unfortunately the damage had been done and the Hawks offense proved too potent and balanced with 4 players scoring in double figures. Ultimately Perry Lakes opened their championship with a first up win, defeating Suncoast 73-49.
Perry Lakes Hawks 73 (S Deegan 15, R Hamilton 11) def Suncoast Rip 49 (D Obah 20, D Hughes 12)
9am Court 4 – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Bulleen Boomers
A great match up in the second pool B game saw Bulleen set the tone early with intense full court defence which resulted in a number of fast break baskets from Manly Warringah errors in the back court. The Sea Eagles adjustments to their transition game allowed them to respond to the Boomers early push with key baskets on the inside. The free throw prowess of Riley Crawford also ensured that the score kept ticking over. However, with all 12 of the Boomers players registering on the scoreboard and 18 points from the perimeter, Bulleen ran out winners in their opening match 62-21.
Bulleen Boomers 62 (C Motufoaki 9, L Scanlon 8) def Manly Waringah Sea Eagles 21 (R Crawford 7, G Lee & K Henderson 5)
3pm Court 1 – Sunshine Coast Rip v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
The third game of Pool B saw Suncoast square up with Manly Warringah with both teams eager to register a win. In a fierce battle Suncoast and Manly Warringah went toe to toe the complete game. Suncoast jumped out to an early lead which was closed rapidly by Manly Warringah through their aggressive defence and good passing in their transition. With neither team able to pull away from the other in the opening three quarters, it was left to free throw shooting which helped the fast finishing Suncoast team to pull away from the Sea Eagles and ice the game after converting 19 free throws – led by 6 from Deni Hughes – to 2 for the Sea Eagles.
Suncoast Rip 53 (D Obah 23, D Hughes 12) def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 45 (K Henderson 20, G Lee 14)
3pm Court 4 – Bulleen Boomers v Perry Lakes Hawks
The final tussle for pool B on day one involved two teams who had combined for 135 points in their respective opening game wins, promising a high scoring and free flowing affair. Once again Bulleen showed polish in their full court defence, hassling Perry Lakes from tip off and igniting their transition game. Not to be outdone, the Hawks countered with solid defensive pressure of their own resulting in some quick transition and some early fouls on the Boomers team. Even with a high conversion rate though, the Hawks were unable to reel in the Boomers and restrict their potent and balanced offense with Bulleen again registering 18 points from behind the arc – Abbey Ellis adding 2 more three pointers to her tally for the day – and adding a second win to their tally 74 to 41.
Bulleen Boomers 74 (A Ellis 12, B Taylor 11) def Perry Lakes Hawks 41 (S Deegan & R Hamilton 7)
12 noon Court 1 – Cairns Dolphins v Forestville Eagles
Pool C tipped off with a clash between Cairns and Forestville in a game of contrasting styles. With both teams playing a style unfamiliar to the other, each side was forced into early turnovers and neither was able to take control of the scoreboard early. In the second half, Forestville’s offensive balance started to take its toll on Cairns with the Eagles opening up a lead which saw 9 of their players on the scoreboard. Malia Sagigi tried valiantly to match this offensive output with 18 for the match however the Eagles proved too strong in the key way and down the stretch to notch their first win in a hard fought match 51-36.
Forestville Eagles 51 (M Griffiths 12, O Mcnamara 10) def Cairns Dolphins 36 (M Sagigi 18, S Heard 5)
12 noon Court 4 – Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers v North Bears
In the second and final pool C game of day one, the North Bears got out to a great start against Southern Tasmania which saw them set the tempo for the entire game. Southern Tasmania worked hard in defence to try and contain the Bears guards which lead to a mini revival early in the second term, while their aggressive drives to the basket enabled the team to score half of their points for the game from the free throw line. The Bears countered utilising their deep bench in a game where every Norths player hit the scoresheet - led by Shyla Heal’s 25 points - to put the game beyond the Junior Chargers grasp, running out winners 89-20.
North Bears 89 (S Heal 25, C Gorman 15) def Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers 20 (S Williams 6, C Wheller & E Revell 4).
1.30pm Court 1 – Eastern Mavericks v Tamworth Thunderbolts
Tamworth leapt out of the blocks in their first championship game taking an early 13 to 8 lead over the Eastern Mavericks, before a pair of converted free throws from Tahlia Griffiths pulled the Mavericks back to within 3 by the first change. A change of tactic from the Mavericks at the first break resulted in a commanding second quarter performance where they cut off all Tamworth’s options on offense and restricted the Thunderbolts to a single second quarter point – while also amassing 25 of their own, taking a 33 to 14 lead into the main break. This was ultimately too great a margin for the Thunderbolts to come back from with the Mavericks guards taking control of the tempo and registering the win 61-27.
Eastern Mavericks 61 (K Schultz 13, T Griffiths 12) def Tamworth Thunderbolts 27 (J Chick 11, J Phoebe 7)
1.30pm Court 4 - Bendigo Braves v North West Tasmania Thunder
In the second game of pool D, North West Tasmania reeled off the first four points of the game before the Bendigo defence cranked up a gear to force the tempo and feed their fast break offense. The Braves ran off the next 20 points of the game to take a 20-4 lead into half after Shelby Rayner’s late 3 pointer in the second, and the Thunder went into the main break down by only 5 points, 26 to 21. In what became a game of runs, Bendigo again pulled away in the third, only to have the Thunder reel them back in to again be down by only 5 at the final change, 40-35. In the fourth quarter, Bendigo showed poise on their offense to push their lead beyond doubt and run out 13 point winners 57-44.
Bendigo Braves 57 (D O’Toole 27, R Barkmeyer 9) def North West Tasmania Thunder 44 (S O’Neill 15, S Rayner 8)
10.30am Court 1 – Darwin Cyclones v Brisbane Capitals
In the first game of a busy schedule for pool E, Darwin got off to a flying start. The Capitals found themselves in early foul trouble in the first quarter, allowing the Cyclones to take a single point lead into the first break. The second quarter proved just as entertaining with the teams trading baskets and the lead. A late flurry of points capped by Grace Champion’s three gave Brisbane a slender 2 point lead into the main break. Some defensive adjustments from the Capitals were on the cards for the third quarter, paying immediate dividends with a commanding 16 to 1 term setting up the Capitals first win 59-37.
Brisbane Capitals 59 (G Champion 24, A Hannan 8) def Darwin Cyclones 37 (A Kowcun 19, R Thone & M Breed 6)
10.30am Court 4 - Knox Raiders v Willetton Tigers
The Raiders kicked into high gear early in their opening match of the tournament against the Willetton Tigers, scoring the first 6 points en route to taking an early 15 to 4 point lead. The Tigers responded strongly in the later stages of the first quarter scoring the next 6 points before Knox steadied to take a 19 to 10 lead at the first change. Both teams fought hard in the second before a late 17 point run spearheaded by 6 points from Matilda Preston gave the Raiders a 24 point lead and command over the game. With all 11 Knox players registering on the scoresheet, Willetton were unable to restrict the Raiders offence in the second half with Knox winning 84-44.
Knox Raiders 84 (M Preston 22, I Lopes 14) def Willetton Tigers 44 (C Stothard 21, K Ashik 8)
6.30pm Court 2 - Willetton Tigers v Darwin Cyclones
In the second game for both of these pool E teams both Willetton and Darwin traded baskets early on, looking to improve on their first up results. In a close game a late run by the Tigers proved the difference in the first quarter with Willetton opening up a seven point lead 21 to 14. In the second quarter Willetton looked to push the pace early before a revitalised Cyclones team clawed back the deficit to within one basket after a Mattea Breed free throw 31-28. The third quarter saw both teams working hard to gain the advantage with the scored tied late in the term 43 all before Willetton took a slender 2 point lead into the final change. With Darwin’s key scorers hampered by foul trouble, Willetton were able to get into transition late in the game to pull away from the Cyclones on the back of a 26 point quarter to register the win 71-57.
Willetton Tigers 71 (C Stothard 22, K Sanchez 20) def Darwin Cyclones 57 (A Kowcun 19, M Breed 17)
6.30pm Court 4 – Brisbane Capitals v Knox Raiders
In the last game of the full slate of pool E games, the winners of the previous games Brisbane and Knox squared off with top place in the pool on the line. The Capitals structured defence was up against the offensive power of the Raiders. Early on it seemed that the Capitals defence would be able to stifle the Raiders offense, with Brisbane getting away to the early lead 4 to 1. Knox’s scorers however would not be denied and after a quick timeout the Raiders offense kicked into high gear, with a barrage of baskets, including back to back three pointers by Isis Lopes, handing the Raiders a 12 point lead at the first break. With Knox offense humming, the Capitals worked valiantly to peg back the lead, but with the foul count mounting, the Capitals were unable to make many inroads into the Raiders lead. Knox ultimately ran away with the game 91-37 and logged the highest score for any team on day one.
Knox Raiders 91 (I Lopes 16, H Dalton 13) def Brisbane Capitals 37 (G Champion 13, H Johansen 6)
1.30pm Court 2 – Canberra Capitals v Dandenong Rangers
With pool F being the last to tip off at these titles, Canberra and Dandenong were chafing at the bit to get this game underway. It was the Rangers who had the best of the early going, stifling the Capitals attempts to get to the basket while piling on 11 unanswered points to open the game en route to a 22 to 9 edge at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw much of the same with the Capitals unable to contain the Rangers running game, leaving them staring at a 20 point half time deficit. The Capitals came out of the main break with a renewed intensity and traded baskets with the Rangers for much of the second half. A late rally in the fourth including 9 unanswered points in the final term including 4 points from Sarah Cooper cut the lead to 13 before Dandenong steadied to claim their tournament opener 64-44.
Dandenong Rangers 64 (L Tear Poa 14, S Lovelace 12) def Canberra Capitals 44 (S Cooper 9, M Williams 8)
6.30pm Court 1 – Southern Districts Spartans v Rockingham Flames
The final game of day one proved to be the most enthralling match up on site with the home town Spartans taking on Rockingham to cap the day. With each team having watched the rest of the competition throughout the day, both were eager to gain the early advantage in the closest game played on day one. With three lead changes and three ties in the first quarter alone, this match was destined to go down to the wire. Rockingham’s defence late in the second quarter led to a number of unanswered points, enabling the Flames to consolidate a 6 point lead at half time, 24 to 16. Not to be outdone, Southern Districts came out of the long break with a renewed offensive focus and better ball movement, scoring the last four points of the quarter through Natasha Elliott and taking a one point edge into the final term. With the lead changing on almost every possession early in the fourth term, it was Rockingham that steadied first and with a four point lead late, courtesy of a field goal by Claire Jacobs, the Flames withstood a last gasp push by the Spartans and held on for a thrilling 50 to 48 win in what was the match of the round.
Rockingham Flames 50 (C Jacobs 16, H Withnell 13) def Southern Districts Spartans 48 (N Elliott 15, S Hesse & E Parker 9)