WA Country girls played Tasmania in the first game of the day. The contest started very evenly with both teams trading baskets. Fitzpatrick, Hoycard and East led the scoring for WA. At the end of the quarter Tasmania led 19-15.
With Hoycard starting to control inside and get to the free throw line, WA was only down 28-30 at half time.
Tasmania started strongly in the second half scoring inside to extend their lead out to 11 points. WA pegged the score back to be down 42-40 however Tasmania’s Collins took over to take the lead back out to double figures.
To their credit, WA fought hard to the end with the final score being 61-52 in Tasmania’s favour.
For WA, Mackenzie Hoycard once again toiled hard for 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, while Keely Fitzpatrick had 9 points and 5 rebounds.
Tiahna Sears led all rebounders with 14 boards and also chipped in 6 points.
The WA country boys finished their tournament on a high by defeating a spirited Northern Territory team 69-56. Leading the way from the onset of play was Taj Flemming on the inside (20 points, 15 rebounds for the game).
He received great support from Joel Bellinger-Brown (11 points and 13 rebounds) and Shaun King (18 points).
Excellent shooting at the start of the game allowed WA Metro Girls to jump NSW Country. With WA shooting 62% from the field, WA was able to get the lead out to 7 points.
Unforced errors in the last three minutes of play allowed NSW Country to get back in the game and be down 18-19 at the end of the first quarter.
It was a great start to the second quarter, with good play from Ruby Schleicher which saw WA extend its lead out to eight points. To their credit, NSW Country responded by increasing their defensive intensity, causing WA to turn the ball over.
At the half time break, NSW Country had gained the lead 40-34.
In the third quarter, both teams traded baskets keeping the contest close, NSW Country leading 59-51 at the end of the quarter.
The final quarter was an offensive struggle at the start, however NSW Country were able to control the ball more to run out winners 71-61.
For WA, Ruby Schleicher had a unique double-double with 17 points and 10 steals.
She received good support from Mia Satie (21 points and 3 rebounds), while Kate Welborn grabbed 8 rebounds.
In the last game of the day, WA Metro boys took on a very physical NZ team. WA shared the scoring with six players hitting the scoresheet to see WA lead 16-15 at quarter time.
Some slick team work to start the second quarter with Mitch McKenna and Andrew Ferguson combining inside, and Jaydon Beveridge, Mitch McKenna and Michael Garbellini hitting from outside saw WA extend their lead to 38-30 at the half time break.
New Zealand came out firing at the start of the second half with a 15-nil run to gain control of the game. However WA responded with a 5-nil run of its own to be down 47-51 at three quarter time.
The final quarter saw New Zealand pick up their full court defensive pressure, which caused WA problems. With three players injured, and one fouled off, the task was too much for the Metro boys as they went down 80-69.
For WA, Mitch McKenna top scored with 19 points, while Michael Garbellini had 13 points. Jaydon Beveridge chipped in for 11 points while Corey Shervill led the rebounding count with 8 boards and 11 points.