Basketball's young guns step up

LISMORE Storm's latest crop of young basketball talent further underlined their promise with an almost impeccable performance against regional rivals.

The Storm's boys and girls teams won five of their six matches at the North Coast Classic Shield event in Grafton.

It was a dominant performance by Alyssa King's girls team, which won all three of its contests.

Dave McWhirter, assistant coach of the boys team, said it had been great to see the players doing so well.

"All the girls put in a really good showing," he said.

"There were some who hadn't played much basketball before.

 

"By the end of the day, they didn't want to leave the court.

"They really stepped up and it was great to see them do well."

ABOVE: Kiarna Bowman looking to drive past a Yamba player during the tournament.TOP RIGHT: Lismore Storm duo Keely and Dana Green catching up to defend a Yamba player at the North Coast Class Shield under-12 event.RIGHT: Byron Wright and Liam Richardson double up to try and block a Grafton player.
ABOVE: Kiarna Bowman looking to drive past a Yamba player during the tournament.TOP RIGHT: Lismore Storm duo Keely and Dana Green catching up to defend a Yamba player at the North Coast Class Shield under-12 event.RIGHT: Byron Wright and Liam Richardson double up to try and block a Grafton player. Jenny Harkin

Teams from across the region took part in last Sunday's event which aimed to give players in the under-12 age group valuable competition experience.

Despite having a handful of players new to the sport and being younger than their counterparts, the boys team also came close to completing a 100% winning record as well.

McWhirter said the side, which is coached by Scott Harkin, had given its more experienced foes a run for their money.

"Some of the other teams had older kids, but we managed to keep up with them," he said.

"Towards the end of the day, you could see they had improved about 70% from their first match.

"This event is all about helping develop the sport in the region.

"It was a good day and great to see the kids enjoying themselves."

Similar tournaments are planned at other areas over the coming months.



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