Patrick Gorbunovs

Small beats tall

LISMORE basketballer Jess Anderson is proof you don't have to be a giant to succeed in the sport.

The diminutive 14-year-old has been selected in the NSW Country Under-17 team to play at Port Macquarie next year.

"She's been playing since she could walk," Lismore Storm girls coach Angela Richardson said.

"It's her determination that sets her apart from the competition.

"She is tough and wants to win."

The point guard has been identified through the Basketball NSW Talented Athletes Program.

For two years she has been part of the program that selects the 30 best juniors in each age division from Country NSW.

Anderson has represented the North Coast Academy of Sport basketball team for two years and has just been picked again.

It's the first time she has been selected in a NSW Country team and she is looking forward to competing against opposition from NSW, Queensland, Victoria, SA, WA and New Zealand.

"She has a nice jump shot and uses her speed to weave around bigger people," Richardson said.

"Jess is one of the best at passing and gets more assists than the average player."

Lismore will also have Teagan McWhirter and Katie Bugden represent NSW Country Under-18s, as well as Caralie Wilson in the Under-16 girls and Tyler Payne in the Under-18 boys.

McWhirter and Wilson made NSW Country squads last year.

"We've gone from two to five in a year so we're pretty happy about that," Richardson said.

Anderson was a standout in the Lismore Storm team in the Grafton Odd Age Carnival at the weekend.

They beat Grafton 72-20 in the final and went through undefeated.



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