Whitney shines in nationals
Thursday, 18th July, 2013
A local youngster who competed in the National Basketball Championships has returned home with a bronze medal.
Last week, Whitney Smith played in the Under 16 National Basketball Championships at the Wayville Sports Centre in Adelaide.
BH Basketball Association president, Grahame Semmens, said the girls’ team went through undefeated in the minor rounds and finished top of their pool.
“Whitney, who played in the SA Country team, had a very consistent week and played some very important minutes for her team,” Mr Semmens said.
“In the semi-final SA Country were up against the tournament favourites, Vic Metro, and in a hard-fought contest our girls went down fighting to Vic Metro 67 to SA Country 55.
“This game was a real arm wrestle and only in the last quarter did the Vic Metro take control.”
That meant SA Country met NSW Metro to play for the Bronze Medal.
“This was also a closely fought contest and a very fast game but SA Country, scoring 82, were too strong for the taller NSW Metro, who scored 66, in a very entertaining game,” Mr Semmens said.
“Well done to Whitney for being part of the 2013 Bronze medal winning team as she done not only herself, but all of Broken Hill, very proud.
“She has gained some valuable experience from the week and has made friends for life with her teammates.
“On behalf of everyone at Broken Hill Basketball, I would like to congratulate Whitney on her performance for the week and to the rest of the team and coach Peter Todd on winning the Bronze medal.”
Vic Metro went on to win the Gold, 83 to SA Metro 73.
Whitney said this was the best the team had done at a national level.
“In a state competition, we have come first,” she said.
“But there are metro and country sides competing nationally.”
Whitney said the competition was hard, but she had lots of fun.
“It was a really hard competition, but my team did very well - they came eighth last year,” she said.
“We mix pretty well as a team and we played well.”
In the Under 16 Boys, Andrew Donnelly played with the SA Country team who finished ninth.
Mr Semmens said Andrew tried hard all week and gained some valuable experience.