The calm before the Storm

IT’S a simple case of three, two, one, for the Lismore Storm State League women’s basketball team at the finals weekend in Newcastle starting today.

The Storm, from the inferior Pool A, last week knocked off Dubbo, the third best side from Pool B.

Today Lismore face the second-ranked side from the south, 2009 premiers Central Coast, and if victorious will advance to the grand final against the top-ranked side in the State, the Shoalhaven Tigers.

Sounds simple, but it won’t be.

On their side – as their ace – the Storm has the women’s State League leading scorer, Tami Willey.

Willey has WNBL experience and is a proven leader on the court – vital to a team that boasts a bunch of talented teens and early 20s.

“I’m not such a vocal person so I choose to lead by example,” Willey said yesterday.

“Our young girls are very mature but it is good to be there to try to keep them calm when the games get heated.”

Last week’s clash with Dubbo certainly got heated – Willey thinks it will work in the Storm’s favour.

“It took us a long while to relax and get into the flow against Dubbo,” she said.

“But the way we have trained since, I think the girls have that out of their system.”

Central Coast is another unknown opponent for the Storm – but again, Willey thinks her side will benefit from that.

“I have always been taught that the opposition is faceless,” she said.

“Not knowing much about them keeps you on your toes and helps you to concentrate on getting the job done rather than focusing on how they might play.”

Willey will be presented tomorrow as the most prolific scorer in the women’s State League after logging an average of 23.7 points a game over the season.

But her focus is on the big picture.

“That title is a great honour, yes,” she said.

“But I’d love to have another one to go with it.”

That other one is the NSW State League women’s championship – and the Lismore Storm is only two games away from it.

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