Storm on the charge

THE Lismore Storm continued to roll towards the NSW State Basketball League finals with a 72-61 victory over Tamworth on Sunday.

Gathering momentum, the Storm now have a record of 8-1 and have taken control of Pool A after arch rival Coffs Harbour suffered its second defeat of the season.

An early tip-off at 10am ensured the girls were on their toes and they shot out to a 22-12 lead by quarter-time.

Mick Willemsen sent his girls out with the plan to run Tamworth off their feet, and they did just that, pulling away in the final term after entering it up just three points.

Emma Kopcikas starred for Lismore with 20 points, but it was her pushing off the ball that laid the platform for the win.

The Storm are thriving on the fastbreak and coach Willemsen is keen that with some work on the halfcourt game his girls will be a force in the finals.

The ladder leaders travel to Tamworth for the return match next Saturday, before rushing home to meet Bellinger Valley the next day.



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