ON THE WAY: Lismore’s Mikaela Pieniaski caused the opposition plenty of headaches in the NSW State Cup tournament at Gosford.
ON THE WAY: Lismore’s Mikaela Pieniaski caused the opposition plenty of headaches in the NSW State Cup tournament at Gosford.

Team full of bounce

THE Lismore Under-12 girls representative basketball team suprised many with its performance in the NSW State Cup at Gosford recently.

“The girls far surpassed our wildest expectations,” coach Karen Wilson said.

“I saw this event as an opportunity to come up against tough competition and develop, but the girls not only matched it, but made their opposition sit up and take notice.”

Out of three games, the first was the pick of the weekend. The Cessnock Cobras were startled by the consistent defence of Kiara Richardson, combined with Mikaela Pieniaski capitalising on opposition turnovers.

In the final quarter the girls came back from a 22-point deficit to level the scores with 20 seconds left.

Harshly, a long bomb from the Cobras dropped, giving them victory, 47-45.

The next game against North Sydney Bears featured great teamwork, with huge rebounds from Kandice Bolt and Carla Williams’ shots falling.

The Bears eventually won by nine.

The final game against Albury Cougars saw Lismore Storm come out blazing, but fade with fatigue as the game wore on. Albury managed to pull away convincingly.

Caralie Wilson played well, finishing sixth in the top scorers for the Under-12 girls State Cup.

Players interested in having a run with the girls and boys development squads for 2010 or anyone wanting to have a try at basketball should contact Ange at the Lismore Basketball Stadium on 66216647.


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