U14 Girls Club Championships - Day 2 Recap

U14 Girls Club Championships - Day 2 Recap

Southern Districts Basketball Association, hosts of the 2014 Australian U14 Girls Club Championships, recap every match from Day 2 in the Daily Wrap.

Written and provided by Southern Districts Basketball Association, hosts of the 2014 Australian U14 Girls Club Championships. 

POOL A

10.30am Court 2 – West Adelaide Bearcats v Newcastle Hunters

Day two action in Pool A commenced with a clash of the two teams who had comfortable first-up wins with West Adelaide matching up against Newcastle in a game that would give the winner an almost unassailable top two spot. True to form the game started with intense defense from both teams and in a fast paced first quarter, neither able to break free – instead trading baskets, leaving the Bearcats with a single basket lead at quarter time 10 to 8. The second quarter proved telling with the Hunters jumping on the Bearcats early with a 13 to 2 run to open the scoring in the quarter, featuring six points from Josephine Pinkerton, en route to building a nine point lead in by half time. The West Adelaide team fought hard to keep with the Hunters offense in the second half but with the Newcastle offense kicking into high gear, they were unable to reel Newcastle back, allowing the Hunters to remain undefeated 62-40.

Newcastle Hunters 62 (I Palmer 37, J Pinkerton 13) def West Adelaide Bearcats 40 (Z Turner & P York 10)

 

10.30am Court 4 – NT Southern Suns v Ipswich Force

In the second Pool A game of the round NT Southern came up against Ipswich, with both teams eager to open their accounts for the tournament. After a slow start in their first game yesterday, Ipswich wasted little time in this match, scoring 10 of the first 11 points and using their height advantage to great effect on the boards and in the paint – leading to a commanding first quarter lead 23 to 7. Returning to action after the short break, NT Southern steadied themselves well and held their own as they pressed hard against the bigger Force team to cause some fast break opportunities. That kept them in touch early, however, the Force wore down the NT Southern team late in the term to head into the main break with a 23 point lead. After the break the Ipswich players were determined to take advantage of any opportunity that came their way and built on Catherine Macgregor’s first half scoring to run away with a comfortable win 77-23.

Ipswich Force 77 (C Macgregor 24, T Cox 17) def NT Southern Suns 23 (S Pepperill 7, T Fishook & M Chong 6).

 

4.30pm Court 2 – Newcastle Hunters v NT Southern Suns

The final pool game for these two teams saw the Newcastle team looking to consolidate top spot in the pool and their position in the Championship division and from the get go, their full court pressure defence looked to force the Suns into costly backcourt turnovers. NT Southern had plans of their own however and repeatedly broke through the defence to keep the game all tied up late in the first quarter. A late surge but the Hunters enabled them to break free from the Suns and end the quarter with a hard fought 11 to 4 lead. A change in structure from the Newcastle team saw them jump out of the blocks in the second quarter and go on a 14 to nil run which saw them open up a 28 point lead by the main break. With the Suns fighting hard to stay in touch in the third quarter it was a flurry of scoring from the Hunters including 2 straight baskets from Isabel Palmer to end the quarter that saw the Newcastle team able to open an unassailable lead and ultimately cruise to the victory and a perfect 3-0 start to their tournament, 73 to 18.

Newcastle Hunters 73 (I Palmer 21, R Jennings 12) def NT Southern Suns 18 (K Turner 5, T Pon & T Fishook 4)

 

4.30pm Court 4 – Ipswich Force v West Adelaide Bearcats

The final pool A game was to decide the second team to play on in the Championship Division, with both teams eager to start strongly. Ipswich looked to use their height early while West Adelaide’s ball movement created opportunities for their scorers. Both teams traded baskets in an even encounter until West Adelaide was able to gain a mini-break on the Force at the end of the first quarter 21-14. Coming out of the break a Paige York three pointer opened the gap to double figures and broke the game open, enabling the Bearcats to ride the offensive wave to a 17 point half time lead. Ipswich came out after main break with a renewed focus on offense and cut hard to the basket, creating opportunities for their scorers and helping them pull the deficit back to just 7 at the final change. Both teams worked hard in the fourth quarter and with neither team able to make any runs, West Adelaide was able to come away with the win and book their place in the Championship Division with a 61-51 victory.

West Adelaide Bearcats 61 (M Whitmore 19, 4 players tied on 8) def Ipswich Force 51 (T Cox 21, C Macgregor 19)

 

 

POOL B

12 noon Court 2 – Sunshine Coast Rip v Bulleen Boomers

In the final pool game for both teams, Bulleen looked to cement their position at the top of the group B table while Sunshine Coast were fighting for a top two finish. In a game of contrasting styles, Bulleen looked to cut down the Rip’s scoring opportunities by disrupting day one top scorer Dustie Obah and denying her opportunities to penetrate the defence. In turn the Sunshine Coast were looking to cut down Bulleen’s free flowing offense and get to the basket as much as possible against the Boomers front line. The Boomers had the best of the early running, jumping out to a 25-8 first quarter lead, which they managed to extend to 27 points by the main change. After half time the Rip attacked the basket with renewed vigour leading to the conversion of 17 free throws for the game but the first half lead was too great to overcome and Bulleen confirmed their spot at the top of pool B with a 62-35 win.

Bulleen Boomers 62 (A Ellis 10, 3 players with 8) def Sunshine Coast Rip 35 (D Obah 11, M Campbell 10)

 

1.30pm Court 4 – Perry Lakes Hawks v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

In the final game of Pool B, Perry Lakes was seeking to confirm a top 2 finish in the pool, but standing in their way was a determined Manly Warringah team who were searching for their first win of the tournament. In a game that started slowly with both teams testing out the transition game of their rivals, it would be the Hawks who would make the first push, with a 13 point run to end the first quarter pushing their lead to 6 (20 to 4). The second quarter saw the Hawks looking to extend their lead by restricting the Sea Eagles ability to move the ball in the backcourt, giving them a 21 point edge heading into the half. Any hope of a Sea Eagles comeback was dealt a blow when Steri Rasova nailed a three pointer to open the second half, and while Manly Warringah countered with some inspired offense late in the term, they would ultimately not be able to stop the Hawks from taking the game 79-32.

Perry Lakes Hawks 79 (S Deegan 26, B Green 17) def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 32 (K Henderson 12, R Crawford 11)

 

POOL C

9.00am Court 1 – Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers v Cairns Dolphins

The first clash for the day in Pool C saw the Chargers and Dolphins both searching for their first win of the tournament after a tough opening day. With both teams coming out hard, it was the Dolphins who looked to take it to the Chargers early, and even a mounting foul count did little to stop them taking a 12-6 lead into the second quarter with both teams being stifled offensively in the first. Southern Tasmania fought hard in the second quarter to stay with the Dolphins, pulling to within 2 points at halftime. In the third term both teams sought to gain the edge but Cairns went on a scoring binge supported well by Lydia Jenkins defensive commitment. That helped them to a 17 point lead at the end of the third and would ultimately enable them to record their first win in tournament play 53-26.

Cairns Dolphins 53 (S Heard 11, C Watkinson & L Jenkins 7) def Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers 26 (S Williams 9, R Michael 7)

 

9.00am Court 4 – Norths Bears v Forestville Eagles

In the clash of leading Pool C teams after day one, spectators were treated to a high quality first half with both teams taking it to their opponents from the opening tip. Forestville’s disciplined full court pressure and defense enabled them to open up an early 11-3 lead before the Bears regrouped after a time out and showed impressive ball movement on offense to recover some ground. The second quarter showed more of the same between the two teams with both fighting for the lead in a tight first half; the game tied at half time.  The second half saw both teams again fighting for control with only one point separating them at the final change. In the fourth however, Forestville worked hard to disrupt the Bears transition offense leading to a number of uncontested baskets. When Ella Sawyer scored to cap the run, the Eagles had an 11 point buffer which was too much for the Bears to claw back with Forestville recording the win 40-31.

Forestville Eagles 40 (O Mcnamara 12, G Vidmar 9) def North Bears 31 (S Heal 23, 3 players tied with 2)

 

3.00pm Court 1 – Cairns Dolphins v Norths Bears

The final pool game for these two teams would play a big role in which team would remain in the championship hunt. With both teams winning one of two games, the winner of this game would be guaranteed a top to finish to the first round. The Bears were coming off a tough game against Forestville in which only one player scored more than two points and were determined to show a more balanced scoring attack in this match. Cairns were looking to keep ball out of the Bears guards’ hands. With both teams trading baskets early it wasn’t until late in the first quarter that the Bears pulled away from the Dolphins with some tight defensive pressure leading to transition baskets, helping Shyla Heal to 11 first quarter points and the Bears to a 25 to 8 first quarter lead. With the rest of the Bears kicking on in offense in the second quarter, the lead ballooned to 29 points before the Dolphins regrouped in the third quarter. Ultimately the Dolphins were unable to stop the balanced Bears from running away with the win 70-29.

Norths Bears 70 (S Heal 22, J Maschmedt 10) def Cairns Dolphins 29 (S Heard 10, M Sagigi 6)

 

3.00pm Court 4 – Forestville Eagles v Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers

The final Pool C game saw the Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers take on the Forestville Eagles and attempt to stop Forestville from claiming top spot. Forestville – coming off a tough win against the Bears earlier in the day – were keen to force the pace early and attempt to put the game out of reach by half time. Coming out in their stifling full court defense the Eagles were able to go on a 20 to nil run in the first quarter, wresting the lead away from the Junior Chargers and taking a 25-5 lead into the first break. The second quarter saw much of the same from the Eagles who kept the Junior Chargers main scorers quiet while going on a tear themselves. Once the dust had settled and Ella Sawyer scored the last points of the quarter, Forestville were up 59-5 and had kept Southern Tasmania scoreless for the second period. The Chargers kept attacking Forestville in the second half, enabling them to get their offense into gear. However, the damage was done early in the game – Forestville was able to ride their second quarter effort to the win and top spot in their pool, 88-30.

Forestville Eagles 88 (E Joynes 22, G Vidmar 12) def Southern Tasmania Junior Chargers 30 (S Williams 14, P Rhodes 5)

 

POOL D

9.00am Court 2 - Tamworth Thunderbolts v Bendigo Braves

A full slate of games for Pool D got underway with Tamworth squaring off a Braves team that had a comfortable win on day one. From the opening tip, Tamworth attacked their opponents on offense and played stifling defense, swatting away many Bendigo drives and getting the early jump on the Braves team 5-2. The Braves lifted a gear offensively and with greater ball movement managed to start scoring with increased frequency. With Tamworth fighting hard, the lead was contained to 4 points for much of the quarter before a late surge from Bendigo saw them take a 12 point quarter time lead 25-13. Both teams traded baskets in the second quarter and didn’t give an inch on the defensive end with the Braves maintaining their lead but unable to pull clear at the main break, leading 34-23. The Braves started the third quarter on fire with five straight points from Danielle O’Toole stretching the lead to 16 before a Thunderbolt fight-back. In the end, the deficit took its toll on Tamworth who were unable to stop the Braves scoring, leaving Bendigo to take the win 61-42.

Bendigo Braves 61 (D O’Toole 27, R Barkmeyer 11) def Tamworth Thunderbolts 42 (J Chick 13, O Miah 11)

 

10.30am Court 1 – Eastern Mavericks v North West Tasmania Thunder

The Eastern Mavericks and North West Tasmania tipped off day two with an interesting matchup in which neither team were able to get the early running. The Mavericks struck first with an early 5 point lead before a three pointer jolted the Thunder into action, with the score being tied six times through the first two quarters before twin three pointers from the Mavericks Taylah Levy and Charlee Clifford broke the game open. In the second half the Mavericks showed impressive passing and North West Tasmania’s poise in their teams offensive movement off the ball resulted in both teams trading baskets. A late run of baskets gave the Mavericks an 18 point lead into the final break, a lead that they were not to relinquish, going on to record the win 61-35.

Eastern Mavericks 61 (K Paech 13, three players tied with 7) def North West Tasmania Thunder 35 (K Steward 9, S O’Neill 7)

 

4.30pm Court 1 – Bendigo Braves v Eastern Mavericks

The match-up to determine the team finishing atop Pool D was hotly anticipated, and the game did not fail to deliver. Both teams came out of the gates firing with the game knotted up at 6 all late in the first quarter. With both teams opting for full pressure defense, the fouls racked up early and after Ruby Barkmeyer converted two late free throws and followed them up with a three pointer, Bendigo had jumped to a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. With the Mavericks in foul trouble early in the second quarter, Bendigo pressed its advantage to increase the lead to 16 at half time before a Mavericks fight-back in the third pulled them to within striking distance. Sadly it was not to be, and with four Mavericks players fouled out of the game, Bendigo were never seriously threatened in the fourth, going on to win the game 64-46 and claim top spot in the pool.

Bendigo Braves 64 (R Barkmeyer 22, D O’Toole 18) def Eastern Mavericks 46 (T Levy 12, K Paech 10)

 

6.00pm Court 2 – North West Tasmania Thunder v Tamworth Thunderbolts

With both squads primed for their first win, they came out fighting in an enthralling encounter which saw the lead change several times before the Thunder gained a small 3 point lead at the first break. With Tamworth looking to push the ball to their forwards inside the keyway and North West Tasmania looking for quick penetration through their guards, both teams fought for an edge in the second, with the Thunder pulling 9 points clear mid-term. Not to be outdone, the Thunderbolts pulled back to within 6 at the main break, trailing North West Tasmania 24-18. In the third term both teams increased their intensity and Tamworth was able to capitalise on a few costly Thunder turnovers to take the lead and a one point margin into the final change 33-32. Early action in the fourth saw both teams fighting for the lead before a 7 point Josie Chick scoring explosion for the Thunderbolts blew the game open and gave the Tamworth team a lead they were never to relinquish, recording their first win of the tournament 46-40.

Tamworth Thunderbolts 46 (J Chick 17, J Watt 10) def North West Tasmania Thunder 40 (O Crawford 10, S Rayner & S O’Neill 7)

 

 

POOL E

1.30pm Court 1 – Brisbane Capitals v Willetton Tigers

With only two games in Pool E today, Brisbane and Willetton squared off in a vital match that would see the winner book their place in the Championship division. In a game played with an intensity befitting its importance, both teams looked to strike early with limited success as the paint was proving to be a tough place for either to get open looks. With the scored tied late in the first quarter, the Capitals drew first blood with a late run giving them a 13-6 lead at the first break.  With their transition game working the Capitals stretched the lead to 14 in the second quarter before a spirited fight back saw the Tigers close the gap to just 7 at the main break, courtesy of a late score from Courtney Stothard. Both teams ratcheted up the tempo in the third looking to wear the other down and with each side trading baskets the Capitals retained their 7 point lead going into the final term. Both teams again attacked in the fourth quarter and every basket was matched by the opposing team – which ultimately gave the Capitals enough space to win an entertaining game 58-49.

Brisbane Capitals 58 (A Hannan 17, T Manunalleuga 13) def Willetton Tigers 49 (K Sanchez, C Stothard & S Vuleta 12)

 

1.30pm Court 4 – Darwin Cyclones v Knox Raiders

The final game of the pool saw the Knox Raiders looking to secure their top spot in pool play against the Darwin Cyclones. Looking to waste no time the Raiders repeatedly drove on the Cyclones defence enabling them to jump to an 8 to 0 lead. The Cyclones regrouped quickly and turned the defensive screws, enabling them to give it back to the Raiders team behind some inspired offensive play. With the Cyclones steadied, Knox took an 8 point lead into the first change, before piling on the points early in the second term to pull away to a 14 point lead. The third quarter saw the Cyclones lift their intensity and look to punish any Knox mistakes while keeping in touch with the Raiders 45-32 at the last change. In the final term, Knox took advantage of a tiring Darwin team to go on a scoring spree and after Zoe Jenkins field goal rounded out the game, Knox stood victorious 63-37 securing top spot in the pool.

Knox Raiders 63 (M Preston 18, I Lopes 11) def Darwin Cyclones 37 (M Breed 12, C Debarros 8)

 

POOL F

12 noon Court 1 – Dandenong Rangers v Southern Districts Spartans

With two games for each Pool F team today, no one’s position on the ladder was safe. The host team Spartans looked to take on Dandenong for control of the pool, after coming off a heartbreaking 2 point loss the night before against the Rockingham Flames. It would be the Rangers however who would come out with a purpose in the early going as they put the pedal down in the first quarter, scoring the first 9 points en route to a 14 point quarter time lead 20-6. Early in the second term it was all Rangers, with the team using their size and speed to reel off the first 16 points of the quarter and put the game beyond doubt by half time 43 to 10. With the Spartans looking to disrupt the offense of the Rangers team and claw their way back into the match, it was the offensive poise of Mia Motta and the devastating interior play of Sophia Locandro that ensured the trend would continue in the second half, with the Rangers running out winners 83-22.

Dandenong Rangers 83 (S Lovelace 14, M Motta & L Tear Poa 13) def Southern Districts Spartans 22 (N Elliott & E Parker 5)

 

12 noon Court 4 – Canberra Capitals v Rockingham Flames

Having come off a hard fought win the day before, Rockingham looked to their guards to create options for easy scores while seeking to limit the Capitals’ drives to the basket early on. That resulted in a tight first quarter in which a tied game was only broken open by five late points from the Capitals player Zoe Kershaw giving Canberra a 14-7 lead heading into the first change. Early going in the second quarter was all the Capitals way, with their switching defence causing match-up nightmares for the Flames players and allowing the Capitals to skip out to a 25-7 half time lead and denying the Flames any progress on the scoreboard. The Capitals continued to force the tempo in the third quarter until the Flames found their feet offensively by which time the Capitals were able to head into last break with a 31 point lead. A late flurry of points from range helped get the Flames closer to Canberra, but ultimately the Capitals rounded out the game in style, winning 55-26.

Canberra Capitals 55 (M Williams 13, Z Kershaw 9) def Rockingham Flames 26 (H Powley 9, A Jacobs 5)

 

6.00pm Court 1 – Southern Districts Spartans v Canberra Capitals

The final pool game for both teams took on added significance with Canberra needing to win to ensure a place in the Championship Division and the Spartans able to finish anywhere from 2nd in the pool to 4th, depending on the outcome of the game.  This lead to a tight first quarter with both teams probing the other’s defence, until a late four point run handed the Capitals a hard fought 16 to 11 quarter time lead. The Spartans closed the gap in the second quarter until Zoe Ramshaw went to work under the basket, sparking a Capitals run that ended with the Canberra team taking an 11 point lead into the long break. In the second half Canberra worked their fast break offense to great effect and, while the Spartans team worked hard in transition to close the gap, the Capitals were able to push the margin to 17 points at three quarter time before running out eventual winners 70-45 and booking their place in the Championship division.

Canberra Capitals 70 (M Williams 15, S Cooper 12) def Southern Districts Spartans 45 (M Mcnamara 15, N Elliott & E Parker 9)

 

6.00pm Court 4 – Rockingham Flames v Dandenong Rangers

In the final game of the first rounds of the tournament, the Dandenong Rangers looked to continue on their winning ways against a Rockingham Flames team that has shown a great deal of tenacity in pool play to date. Giving up a significant size advantage to the Rangers team, the Flames looked to swing the ball early, but Dandenong got away to a flying start to push out to an almost unassailable 21-2 lead midway through the first term before the Flames were able to answer in kind. In the second term Rockingham showed a lot of heart and their commitment to team offense resulted in a number of scoring opportunities from inside and beyond the arc to stem the Rangers run and keep in the game at half time, with the Rangers holding sway 42-18. After the main break both teams traded baskets before fatigue and a mounting foul count took their toll on the Flames side. A decisive 19-1 run to open the final stanza capped by a Last Tear Poa basket put the game well beyond doubt and left the Rangers unbeaten in pool play with an 83-37 win.

Dandenong Rangers 83 (S Locandro 20, L Tear Poa 17) def Rockingham Flames 37 (H Withnell 13, J Cooper 10)