Zoe, Kiara are going places in basketball

CHARITY STRIPE: Kiara Richardson shooting free throws.
CHARITY STRIPE: Kiara Richardson shooting free throws.

TWO of Lismore's most talented young women basketballers, Zoe Hurley and Kiara Richardson, have taken to the big stage, playing for Gold Coast in the Queensland Under-21 championship.

Their first games were played last weekend at Bris- bane Entertainment Centre, where the Brisbane Bullets NBL team also plays home games.

Gold Coast defeated Brisbane Wizards 88-29 first-up with fast breaks, coast-to-coast lay-ups and pounding their opponents' ring.

It was 20-2 at the end of the first quarter.

Both Lismore girls showed signs of fatigue down the stretch from continuously running the court but dug deep and finished with excellent stats to impress the coach.

The next game was against top-ranked Ipswich, which has two state representatives and one Australian player.

After the scores were level 60-all at the end of the third quarter, fatigue hit the Gold Coast effort.

Ipswich's size and experience came to the fore as they pulled away to win 78-65.

Hurley's tough inside presence led to a number of crucial baskets inside the paint and she pulled down some big rebounds to help keep her team in the game.

Richardson also pushed the limits with some great full-court passes hitting their mark, leaving her opponents shaking their heads at times.

The Lismore girls know that as they play more games, fatigue will become less of a factor and they will be confident of turning the tables.

Hurley and Richardson have been a leading force in women's basketball in Lismore since they began playing.

They are great friends, on and off the court.

Good luck and keep shooting the lights out.