Broncos thrive under pressure

Saturday, 17th March, 2012

SUCCESS: The Under 14 Broncos team: Back: Emily Ferguson, Indianna Paull, Anthony Harman (coach), Nickoda Stokes, Jasmine Simmons. Front: Brodee Doubtfire, Abbey Stevens, Chelsea Masclet, Melisa Keenan. SUCCESS: The Under 14 Broncos team: Back: Emily Ferguson, Indianna Paull, Anthony Harman (coach), Nickoda Stokes, Jasmine Simmons. Front: Brodee Doubtfire, Abbey Stevens, Chelsea Masclet, Melisa Keenan.

The Broncos under 14 girls have battled through two heart-stopping finals to clinch the SA Country Basketball Championships in Adelaide.

After winning the semi-final by a solitary point, the Broken Hill girls made a slow start in the grand final against Great Southern and trailed by 12 points at half time.

After a “motivational spray” from coach Anthony Harman, the girls responded to narrow the deficit to three points at three-quarter time.

The Broncos continued their resurgence in the final period, hitting the lead and holding on to register a one-point win.

There was more good news for the Broncos after the game with Jasmine Simmons named most valuable player in under 14.

In other results the Broncos under 18 girls managed two wins and a loss in the minor rounds before going down in the semi-final to Great Southern.

The under 14 boys also managed two wins and a loss before being stopped by Eastern Hills in the semi-final.

Broken Hill Basketball Association President, Grahame Semmens, said all coaches were pleased with their players’ efforts.

“We are extremely pleased with the results over the long weekend, well done to all players who represented Broken Hill, as usual you have made us all so proud,” he said.

“A big thank you to all the parents and supporters who travelled down to support our teams, and also to our coaches and managers. All the time and effort you volunteer is greatly appreciated.”