THE DRIBBLE: Joshua Ellsworth takes the ball down court in the U18 game against Bundaberg.
THE DRIBBLE: Joshua Ellsworth takes the ball down court in the U18 game against Bundaberg. Chris Ison Rokcmbask

Rocky girls undefeated at two-day Central District Carnival

ON THE back of the Cyclones being crowned the 2015 Queensland Basketball League (QBL) Champions for the first time, the depth and strength of the next generation of Rocky's female basketball talent was there for all the see at the two-day Central District Carnival (CDC) at Hegvold Stadium at the weekend.

The CDC consists of under-23 and under-18 men and women's representative sides from Rocky, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

The Rocky women's under-23 and under-18 sides were both undefeated, the under-23 girls making it four wins from four games.

It was an exceptional achievement considering their limited preparation and the fact they were playing quality opposition.

"We only had one training so it was an amazing performance," coach Chris Muggeridge said.

"We were solid all weekend against quality opposition, especially considering both Bundy and Gladstone had starting five QBL players in their teams."

Bundy had Kellie Page while Gladstone had Madeline Willey in their line-ups.

"This is Rocky's next generation of female basketballers coming through and to not only mix it with players of that calibre but to win all four games, well it's an indication of the strength of our female basketball program," Muggeridge said.

Two of those next generation players are Maddie Chandler and Jessica Lorraway.

Chandler, 20, has been in the Cyclones train-on squad for the past three seasons. She said she was delighted with how quickly the Rocky under-23's clicked, given their limited time together.

"I am very happy with that because we had such a limited preparation," Chandler said.

"To get four wins, and they were good wins too, was just great. Defence wins games and we were very strong defensively all weekend and we also transitioned out of defence and into attack very well too."

It was Lorraway's first CDC and although just 15 she played in both the under-18 and under-23 teams.

"I love playing with the older players," she said.

"Their skills and experience, I learned so much during the carnival."



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