BWA State Championship Under 14 Girls - 15th & 16th December 2012
Another great weekend for the East Perth Eagles Girls teams with the Under 14 Girls improving in every game right up to the BWA State Championship Division two semi-final.
East Perth didn’t have an under 14 girls representative team in this year’s WABL competition. However the turn up of this age group in the Sunday skill development session had been very promising and a full team of 10 players was nominated to compete at the Basketball WA State Championships on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of December. The team was made up by a group of players who hadn’t played together before and had mostly never competed against other associations in the WABL.
The weekend carnival was used as an opportunity to build the camaraderie in this group and to further develop them as team for the 2013 WABL season. Each game they played saw an improvement in their skills and teamwork.
In our first game against Perry Lakes we were down early as the girls adjusted to playing with each other for the first time. In the second half our intensity improved with some strong offensive play from Jessie Waideman and Tayla Nash and some valuable defensive efforts from Britney Small. We closed within 5 points towards the end of the game but couldn’t bridge the gap as Perry Lakes snuck away to win by 13 points.
Our second game was against a strong Willeton side that went on to win the grand final. Willeton placed a lot of pressure on and the girls tried to adjust to a high paced game. JasmynHesford, and LoreleiTorpyshowed some poise on offense that helped us control our game better in the second half and Elise Brooks played strong on the defensive end despite a sore foot that hampered her over the weekend. The game was lost 34 to 10, however some valuable lessons were learnt that would help the girls when we were to play Willeton again in the semi-finals.
Our first game on Sunday was against Australind and if we had started better we would have been in a position to win the game, though we end up losing by 27 to 19. Sascha Webb played on a sprained ankle from Saturday and made an important shot just before half time that gave the team some momentum going into half time. Maddy Gibson played good defence that contributed towards the team closing the gap toward the end of the game.
Our toughest game of the weekend was against a fast and highly skilled Country Cup team that played full court defence against us for the whole game that resulted in many steals and easy shots for them in transition. Despite a disheartening score line of 68 to 9 the girls never gave up and showed a lot of resilience to keep persevering despite the Country Cup team continuing to run up the score. The girls bounced back to play their best game of the weekend in the semi-final against Willeton.
The girls had learnt from their previous games that they needed to start well, look after the ball in offense to prevent easy baskets for the other team and make sure they played good team defence. The team did all these things well and got closer to Willeton in the semi-final than Willeton’s opposition in the grand-final. JasmynHesfordwas valuable on offense early as she twice drew fouls while shooting and her freethrows put the Eagles in front at the start of the game. Stand outs in defence was Marlee Bradley and Hayley Williams who fought hard on defence and continually made it hard for the opposition to score. Both these players also got some important rebounds throughout the game. The game was still close at 28 to 20 with four minutes to play and we were in a position to push for a win. The whole team started to place pressure back on Willetonwhich resulted in steals by Jessie Waideman who also made some great plays along with Tayla Nash. In our efforts to get quick baskets Willeton were able to score some of their own and they stretched the lead out to 36-20 by the end of the game.
The weekend was a great experience with all the girls’ improving individually and the whole group staying positive and supporting each other which in the end resulted in a very promising showing in the semi-final. The future looks bright for this group in the 2013 WABL season.
Perry Lakes 33 – 20
Willeton 34 – 10
Australind 27 – 19
Country Cup 68 – 9
Semi Willeton 36 – 20
GF Willeton 36 Australind 13
Article by Coach Russell Campbell