Girls to take on best in the state
THE Lismore Storm Under-16 girls representative team will take on some of the best young basketballers in New South Wales at the State Cup tournament in Sydney this weekend.
The tournament brings together the winning teams from all Division 1 junior leagues in Sydney and NSW Country.
Lismore qualified with their grand final win over the Tamworth Thunderbolts in the Northern Junior League.
The Lismore Storm girls have drawn a pool including the Canberra Capitals, Central Coast Crusaders and North Sydney Bears.
The Canberra Capitals, home club of Australian Opals star Lauren Jackson, are the one team the Storm have played this year.
They beat them 32-30 ina quarter-final of the NSW Country championships.
The Central Coast Crusaders won the NSW Country title while the North Sydney Bears are from a renowned basketball nursery.
The quality of opposition will make the weekend a massive challenge.
"We are proud that the squad has earned this invitation after the months of work the girls have put in this season working on their individual skills and team philosophies," coach Michael Willemsen said yesterday.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to measure themselves against the best junior female basketballers in NSW."