Teagan McWhirter on the free-throw line for the Lismore Storm.
Teagan McWhirter on the free-throw line for the Lismore Storm.

Perfect Storm

LISMORE Storm under-16 basketballer Teagan McWhirter won the most valuable player award in the Northern Junior League finals at the weekend.

The Storm won the grand final 45-30 against Tamworth at Grafton on Sunday.

"Teagan is the team captain and in a game that was defence-orientated she really stood out," coach Michael Willemsen said.

"It wasn't a pretty game and to hold a team to 30 shows how tough it was."

Caralie Wilson, Jessica Anderson and Katie Bugden also played well.

Lismore went into the two-day event as favourite, having won the minor premiership.

It didn't need any extra motivation after losing to Tamworth by one point in the semi-finals of the NSW Country Championships in Maitland last month.

The Storm will represent the Northern Junior League in the State Cup at Albury on August 18.

"We've drawn the No.1 seed Penrith and play Central Coast, so it's not going to be easy," Willemsen said.

"But we play Canberra and we've beaten them at Country championships."

In other games at Grafton, Daniel Bennie, Jay Kapodistrias and Brad Euston were the standouts in the Storm under-18 boys' team.

The team beat Tamworth in extra time in the preliminary final, before going down to Port Macquarie in the grand final.

The under-14s did well to make it as far as the preliminary final with a young team including Duane Willemsen, Tyler Moss and James Joblin.



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