The South Eastern Times : April 1st 2014
The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 19 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 19 BASKETBALL SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY CHAMPIONS: Millicent Magic Under 12 girls Division 1 winners, (back from left) Travis Taylor (coach), Madi Haggett, Georgia Winter, Kayleigh Taylor, Tamara Haggett (manager), Lucy Denton. Front: Claudia Pratt, Hannah Nitschke, Charlotte Turner, Paige Nitschke, Kate Walker. MILLICENT Magic has again tasted success at Junior Country Basketball Championships with the under 12 girls winning Division 1 with the Division 1 and Division 3 under 16 girls runners-up in the South Australian championships. The under 12 and 16 results, cou- pled with recent efforts at the under 14 and 18 titles means the Millicent girls program is without doubt the best in South Australian Country with all six girls teams Millicent sent to the championships making grand finals. The results include two Division 1 titles, a Division 4 under 14 girls title, two Division 1 runner-up titles in under 14 and 16 and one runner- up in Division 3. Also the second under 14 teams played off in the grand final and were runners-up. Under 12 Division 1 girls THE girls began the weekend against a tough Port Augusta side and although nervous in the first quarter, settled quickly and secured the win by nine points. The second game was against a tough Port Pirie team and a slow start from the Magic girls saw them down by one point at the long break. But the girls never gave up and managed to hold the lead right up until the dying seconds when Pirie were sent to the free throw line and scored to take the win, dealing the Magic its first loss for the season. Next game the Magic came up against Broken Hill in its toughest game all season. The girls made the most of their opportunities to score and put great defensive pressure on the Broken Hill players to go down by just five points. The girls faced Eastern Hills in the quarter final the following day and began with a fast paced game, taking the win by eight points. In the semi final Magic faced a rematch against Port Pirie with unfinished business to be done. From the outset Magic took con- trol and took a solid 12 point win to advance to the grand final against Broken Hilll. Millicent began the game well and took a five point lead to the first break, but Broken Hill bounced back in the second term to go to the long break trailing Magic by just one. The third term was a high-scoring affair for both teams but the Magic made the most of it, going to the final break with a five point buffer. A fast-finishing Broken Hill out- scored Millicent in the final stanza but the Magic girls had done the hard work earlier in the game and took the championship match by a one point margin. Under 16 girls Division 1 THE under 16 girls Division 1 team had a very good weekend winning all games up to the grand final. The girls began with a big 47-19 win over Yorke Valley followed by a mauling 78-20 win over Eastern Hills before facing a tough Whyalla line up. But the Magic was again too strong, pulling out all stops to record a 38-28 win after being three down at the long break. Millicent then faced Port Augusta in the quarter final with a win pro- viding a top-four finish. The Magic girls struggled to make baskets but defensively applied plenty of pressure to the Port Augusta girls. The team built a handy 10 point lead but had to weather a strong fightback in the dying stages from the opposition to take a 39-34 win. From there the Magic faced Great Southern, a team from the Victor Harbor area, in the semi-final. The girls had only beaten Great Southern on one occasion previously and required a huge effort to take a win. The game began with Great Southern looking dangerous, finding the basket on three occasions before Magic scored. Millicent quickly settled down and by applying plenty of pressure on the ball carrier had bridged the gap to only be down by a couple at the first break. The game continued to be tight in the second term with Magic still trailing at the long break. In the final half Magic was still applying plenty of pressure and the signs looked positive as the score started to build and Southern began to struggle. Late in the third term and contin- uing into the final stanza Millicent was able to break the shackles and build a 10 point lead and took the win 40-33 to advance to the grand final against Mildura. The grand final began well for Millicent, with the girls holding a slender lead half way into the second quarter. But from here on the strength and quality of the Mildura team was evident and it answered every challenge Millicent could dish up, eventually taking the game 69-48. Under 12 boys Division 2 THE tournament began well for Millicent with a solid win against Strathalbyn. From there Magic took a buzzer- beating one point victory over Barossa Valley from a fast break score by Billy Shanks with just two seconds on the clock. But the game took its toll on the players who next faced up to a tough battle against Port Lincoln and were unable to make it three wins for the day. The Magic boys had a must win game early Sunday morning against Mount Gambier. After trailing by 12 points Millicent steadied but was unable to sustain the comeback and lost star players Shanks and Josh Werchon with ankle injuries. The loss ended the hopes of a top-two finish and grand final appearance. The final game was against the undefeated Riverland and with only one player on the bench, Magic went toe to toe for three quarters and was in the lead late in the third quarter thanks to the tight defence of Jayden Poulish and scoring opportunities created by Jack Wilson and Paddy Chay. Millicent ran out of steam in the last quarter but finished the tournament off with great enthusiasm. Under 16 girls Division 3 A GREAT defensive start to the game against Southern Yorke Peninsular by Keely Venn and Maddie Turner set up a very close win. Some excellent passing in offence created opportunities but the team didn't always capitalise with a score and allowed its opposition to stay in the game but managed to sneak home with a 43-42 win. Magic then faced Port Lincoln and the team's defence was again a highlight. A strong third term at both ends of the floor set the game up for a tight 35-31 win. Keely Venn and Sophie Ferguson were solid in defence while Maddie Turner, Alana Craig and Lauren Fensom finished off their scoring opportunities. Top scorers were Turner (13), Venn and Femsom (8). An early start on Sunday saw the team in good form and in control of the game from the outset with strong rebounding by Leia Stupple and Lucy Williams which saw a 24-18 win over Riverland. Top scorers were Venn (12), Turner and Fensom (4). Game four saw Millicent out of the blocks fast, taking a nine point lead over Adelaide Plains at the first break. Turner and Fensom ran the floor hard, creating scoring opportunities while Magic's tight defence stopped the Adelaide team from finding any easy baskets and converting the pressure to a strong 40-28 win to advance to the grand final. Top scorers were Venn (16) and Turner (12). Magic again faced Adelaide Plains in the grand final but a different approach from the Adelaide team slowed Magic's scoring. Magic shot well in the first quarter but couldn't back it up with solid enough defence which allowed Plains to match them on the scoreboard. Turner's determination kept Magic in the game but at the long break the team trailed by five points. Great rebounding from Fensom in the third quarter, combined with strong defence from Turner and Caitlyn Shanks kept Magic's hopes alive but the last quarter proved costly and Adelaide ran out victors 40-28. Top scorers were Turner (11) and Venn (9). Under 16 boys Division 2 THE under 16 boys team won its first game for the weekend against Port Augusta by a slender two points in a seesawing game. The second game was a disap- pointment as the Magic boys did not play as a team and lost their way to be soundly defeated by a much stronger Murray Bridge. The third game of the tournament was against the highly fancied Strathalbyn and Magic, despite a slow start and struggling to score, knuckled down after the first quarter and played solid defence which kept the opposition to a modest score. The loss relegated the team to Division 2 on Sunday and with great hopes of success the boys were all fired up to play. Magic came up against a talented and aggressive Mildura team but the game began on an even basis. The Magic boys looked composed and found ways to score to keep their noses in front on some strong rebounding and scoring from Tanner Hutchesson. But after the long break Mildura regrouped and took the game up to the Magic boys, running out victors 45-34. Millicent Magic tastes more success MILLICENT MAGIC UNDER 16 GIRLS RUNNERS-UP DIVISION 1: (from left) Victoria Lucas, Isabella Stratford, Alisa Pfitzner, Keah Lynch, Alana Winter, Annabel Brooks, Jess Allan, Olivia Fuller. MILLICENT MAGIC UNDER 16 GIRLS DIVISION 3 RUNNER-UP: (back from left) Angela Turner (coach), Keely Venn, Sophie Ferguson, Madison Turner, Lucy Williams, Alana Craig, Bec Shanks (manager). Front: Leia Stupple, Lauren Fensom, Caitlin Shanks.
April 3rd 2014