Storm blows chance in final
THE Lismore Storm fell at the second last hurdle but will take plenty from the season after going down 90-71 to Central Coast in the NSW State League women’s basketball semi-finals in Newcastle on Saturday.
The Storm was gallant but came up a against a hardened Central Coast side which fell to Shoalhaven in the final.
Coach Mick Willemsen said his girls were slightly deflated but there were plenty of positives.
“It is disappointing but once you let that emotion and disappointment disappear you can sit back and say the girls were outstanding this season,” he said.
“We consider ourselves the third best team in NSW State League.”
And rightly so.
Willemsen had spoken about his girls riding a wave into the finals but said that the wave had petered out on Saturday.
“The simple facts of life are that we came up against a much more experienced side,” he said.
“All of our girls would have had to play to their full potential for us to beat them – and even then it would have been a struggle.”
Tami Willey led from the front for the Storm by netting 24 points and dragging in 13 rebounds; Grace Amey supported with 13 points.
“Tami was outstanding, as usual,” Willemsen said.
“And Grace really stepped up to the plate.”
In its third year the Storm, with a handful of teenagers in the line-up, has over-achieved and Willemsen is keen to retain his squad for 2011.
“There is plenty there for us to work with,” he said.
“We will be back bigger and better next year.”