Storm win one, lose one

THE Lismore Storm women’s State League basketball team opened its 2010 account by splitting a tough two-game road trip at the weekend.

The Storm travelled south and crushed the Bellinger Valley Braves 76-35 on Saturday night before battling fatigue in an 88-62 loss to the Coffs Harbour Suns on Sunday morning.

With just over 12 hours between games it was always going to be a big ask for the Storm early in the season but coach Michael Willemsen was satisfied.

“We went down there hoping to win one of the two games at least,” Willemsen said.

“Coming home undefeated would have been nice but we simply didn’t have the legs.”

The Storm was missing two of its key contributors with 2009 league MVP Tami Wiley nursing a new-born baby and young gun Jess Ward unavailable through representative commitments.

Willemsen is keen to get his stars back for the local derby against Ballina’s Lady Breakers in Lismore on Friday night.

“Tami’s leadership, rebounding and scoring ability will boost the team performance,” he said.

“I expect a tough game. It will be exciting to see some of the best basketball talent on the Northern Rivers on display.”

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