It was a tough day at the office for WA teams on Monday at the U16 Australian Junior Championships with all teams battling hard, however coming up winless.
The WA Country Girls had a tough day playing a double against New Zealand and Queensland North.
In their first game the girls found themselves up against a quick and well drilled Kiwi team. The game was close throughout, however New Zealand prevailed 69-59.
Once again, Mackenzie Hoycard was a standout with 17 points and 22 rebounds. She was well assisted by Keely Fitzpatrick (10 points and 8 rebounds) whilst Tiahna Sears grabbed a massive 9 offensive rebounds to go along with her 9 points.
In their second game of the day against Queensland North, WA Country jumped out to an early lead through some strong play by Mackenzie Hoycard and Tiahna Sears. At half time WA led 25-24.
Both teams struggled offensively at the start of the second half trading baskets the whole quarter, with the scores being locked at 36-all at the end of the quarter. An 8-nil run by Queensland North at the start of the last quarter and a big three point shot by Queensland with 20 seconds to go proved to be the big difference in the end as Queensland North ran out winners against a gallant WA team 52-50.
Mackenzie Hoycard continued her great tournament with 21 points, 20 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Tiahna Sears (9 points and 13 rebounds) and Keely Fitzpatrick (9 points and 4 rebounds) also played well.
The WA Metro Girls put their undefeated record on the line against New South Wales Metro. This game was always going to be a tough one as NSW has one of the best bigs in the tournament in Ella Tofaeono.
Unfortunately WA Metro was unable to control her as she dominated the game with 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead her team to a 76-66 victory. For WA, Mia Satie once again top scored with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
The WA Country boys had a tough match up against the undefeated Queensland South team. Queensland were just too athletic and too quick to handle for the WA boys running out winners 91-63.
Taj Flemming led the way for WA with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He was ably assisted by Fletcher Klasztorny (13 points) and Shaun King (7 rebounds and 8 assists).