Our High Performance Manager Brett Coxsedge provides his day seven wrap on our Under 18 State Teams at the Under 18 Australian Junior Championships in Canberra.
WA Country Women vs Queensland North Women
The WA Country women have lost a close contest against Queensland North to the tune of 82-76.
A poor first half cost the WA Country girls as they were unable to control the offensive play of Queensland North, whilst struggling themselves to score at times. At the half time break the WA Country girls trailed 46-30.
The second half saw the WA Country girls win both the third and final quarters. Mackenzie Hoycard was dominant again with 27pts and 14 rebounds. She was well supported by Raya Thompson who scored 19pts, whilst Rachel Pettit (8pts and 8 rebounds) and Meg Ferraz (9pts) also had good contributions.
WA Metro Women vs Tasmania Women
The WA Metro have outclassed Tasmania to the tune of 101-59 in their first of two games for the day.
In a clinical display, WA Metro won every quarter comfortably. A dominant display by the bigs saw Megan McKay scoring 24pts and grabbing 19 rebounds. She was well supported by Taylah Hepburn with 22pts and Ashleigh Grant with 18pts. Hayley Winter chipped in with 16pts as well to compliment hr teammates.
WA Country Men vs ACT Men
An even first quarter saw both teams trading baskets. WA Country were able to get out to a 4pt lead midway through the first quarter through some good team play. However ACT battled back to take the lead at the end of the quarter 18-16.
ACT came out in the second quarter hitting a 3pt shot, however WA Country answered with two quick baskets of their own. Some good play inside by WA Country big Shaun Rost was causing ACT trouble. Jordan Sears was also a threat offensively. At the half time break WA Country led 33-29.
Some aggressive play from WA Country to start the second half saw the lead extended to 9pts. ACT fought their way in to the game with some nice outside shooting to regain the lead to be up 52-48 going in to the final quarter.
The final quarter saw WA Country struggle to get in any rhythm. ACT were able to get the lead out to 11pts with 5mins to go. One last run by WA Country saw them tie the game up with 1min to go. Two big baskets by Shaun King saw WA Country grab the lead. A foul on the buzzer by WA Country saw ACT hit two free throws to put the game in to overtime.
The overtime period saw ACT get a small lead however WA Country managed to tie the game up again with 1.6secs to go. A well designed play by ACT saw them nail a 3pt shot on the buzzer to get the win 75-72.
WA Metro Men vs Queensland South
In the first game of the day WA Metro faced Queensland South. The first quarter started out with WA Metro jumping out to a 10pt lead. Queensland South however battled their way back into the game to be up 19-17 at the end of the first period.
The second quarter was an even affair with both teams trading baskets however WA Metro took control of the game in the last 3mins of the quarter out scoring their opponents 9-2 to lead 41-32 at half time.
The second half was all WA Metro as they completely dominated Queensland South at both ends of the floor. In the end it was a comfortable win for WA Metro to the scoreline of 96-69.
WA Metro Women vs WA Country
In a replay of the City vs Country clash at Kalamunda prior to the Tournament both WA teams squared off at the AIS in their second game of the day. Bragging rights were up for grabs which was sure to make the contest a competitive one. WA Metro started the stronger of the two teams with Maddy Dennis and Megan McKay leading the way. By the end of the first quarter WA Metro led 23-11.
The second quarter was a much more even affair. Both teams struggled to score. WA Metro were able to maintain their lead to be up 34-21 at the half,
A bunch of easy transition baskets by WA Metro to start the third quarter saw the lead blow out to 18pts after 4mins of play. WA Country battled to stay in the contest however they were unable to match it with their City counterparts and found themselves trailing 60-34 at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter saw WA Metro extend their lead out to 30pts. WA Country tried hard to reduce the lead with Meg Ferraz leading the way however in the end WA Metro were too good winning 88-64.