Basketball: Storm rattles Waratah league

LISMORE Storm took part in the first round of the Division 1 Waratah Northern Junior League in Tamworth.

The under-18 girls are sponsored by South Lismore Bowling Club and coach Angela Richardson was impressed with the teams first outing.

"We haven't been able to hold a complete team training due to school commitments and injuries but the girls played well together and came away with three wins from three games," Richardson said.

"All girls were a threat in offence and tough in defence and that's all any coach can ask for."

The team was led by captain Kiara Richardson and big performances by Elaina Vanderburg and Zoe Hurley ensured plenty of points from inside.

Guards Ryley Woods, Madison Pethers and Ciara Burvill played well under pressure in the win against Newcastle Hunters on Sunday morning.

New recruit Bridget Brandolini put in a strong performance in her first time in Storm colours.

Maggie Cottee was injured in the first game against Coffs Harbour Suns but managed to finish the weekend off strongly

The under-16 girls have been sponsored by Matthews Metal Fabrication in 2016 and won three of its four games.

Four girls made their debut in the league Anna Kaeslin, Lilyan Tyson, Macie Nixon and Lavinia Blenkhorn.

Captain Alissa McWhirter has years of experience and led from the front, while strong performances from Sian McGowan and Hannah Kelly were backed up by Bianca McInnes and the youngest in the team Makayla Greensill.

Coach Kris Greensill was happy with the team and is looking forward to the second round in Port Macquarie next month.

Meanwhile, Lismore will host the second round of the Division 2 boys competition at the Lismore Basketball Stadium in and Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre this weekend.

The Lismore under-18 boys are currently third after a solid performance in the first round.

Teams in the league travel from Quirindi, Tamworth, Taree, Port Macquarie, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron Bay.

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