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Broken Hill teams triumph in tough conditions

Thursday, 21st March, 2013

The Under 18 Women's Division 2. The Under 18 Women's Division 2.

Broken Hill Broncos Basketball sent three teams to compete in 2013 SA Country State Championships in Adelaide over the long weekend.

The highlight of the weekend was both girls teams going through undefeated and winning their respective divisions.

More than 100 teams played over the weekend - a record for this event, which is why teams are placed in so many divisions.

Games were played in extremely hot conditions and unfortunately all venues were without air-conditioning.

It was a credit to all players, coaches, managers and supporters who fought through the hot conditions. The humidity was extreme and it was amazing that players didn't suffer even more.

Now for the positives. The Under 14 Girls were exceptional going through undefeated, considering at their previous carnival the girls only managed one win.

Coach Kate Semmens was very proud of her team.

"They were very well organised and played well as a team throughout the weekend," she said.

"The team's senior players Eliza Cummins, Angel Simmons and Kelsie Graham were very consistent.

"Along with Mel Keenan the girls gelled well together to get the job done." Newcomers Neve Robins, Shenay, Laren Fisher all contributed to a great grand final victory to get over a fast-finishing South York Peninsula 43-33.

"Well done to all involved with the under 14 girls and all of Broken Hill should be proud of our girls as we are at Broken Hill Basketball," Kate said.

Along with our Under 14 girls, the Under 18 girls team also went through undefeated to have an eight-point win against a much taller Barossa Valley.

But the girls didn't get there without a scare when they met Mildura Mavericks in the semifinal.

They were 12 points down at the third quarter only to out score Mildura 17 to 3 in the final quarter to get up by two points.

They ran the floor hard to get themselves a spot in the grand final.

Coach Grahame Semmens was extremely proud of his team as they played as a team all weekend and were "a pleasure to coach".

"I feel the girls were very focussed and stuck to the game plan and the end result says it all ... so well done to those girls who did both themselves and their club proud.

"The girls only had six players for the whole weekend so this makes the win much better due to less rotations than other clubs."

The team consisted of Jasmin Simmons, Maddison O'Dwyer, Chelsea Masclet, Whitney Smith and Taylor Doubtfire and Abi Beck.

The third team, the Under 14 boys, was very competitive all weekend, but poor shooting haunted them.

The boys were definitely up for it but like any other sport, if you don't get the goal you worked so hard for, the opposition will sting you, and that was their downfall.

In the last minor round game, the boys were top of their pool, but poor shooting cost the boys top spot and they then went on to play Adelaide Plains who finished much better than our boys to get a spot in the grand final.

Millicent, who knocked the boys from top spot went on to win the Under 14 boys grand final.

"Our boys just need to work on their weaknesses and they will be right around the mark," said coach Grahame Semmens.

"I was proud of the boys but felt they just let themselves down in the shooting department.

"They will come good over time with work."

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