Girls Rockhampton U16 vs Gladstone U16. Rockhampton's Alicia Smyth. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
Girls Rockhampton U16 vs Gladstone U16. Rockhampton's Alicia Smyth. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin Kelly Butterworth

Rocky ladies finish undefeated in CQ junior competition

THE Central Queensland Basketball junior competition came to a close recently in Rockhampton, with teams from Bundaberg, Gladstone, and Emerald converging on Hegvold Stadium.

This leg of the competition played host to the U14 and U16 age groups with Rockhampton performing strongly across all age groups.

The U16 girls continued their undefeated run, wrapping up top spot in the region.

Head coach Jordana Brady was pleased with the result, highlighting the performances of a couple of players.

"Alicia Smyth and Madeline Telford lead by example with a dominant offensive display and consistent defensive effort over the weekend. A major improvement in defence by Kate Horgan allowed her to be more aggressive chasing offensive rebounds," said Brady.

The U14 Boys also secured top spot in the region with two closely fought victories. Queensland representative Chandler Halliday took the court for his first action of the season making a big difference as Rockhampton set up 8 and 16 point victories in the key matches against Gladstone and Bundaberg.

The victory means that Rockhampton has now won the right to take on the best teams in the state in early April at the Queensland Championships.

Bundaberg have been the form team this season going through the two previous tournaments undefeated. U16 coach Darren Richardson set his boys the challenge of changing that status, and couldn't have been happier with the result.

"The U16 boys played extremely well in a great team effort winning 3 out of 4 games including beating the previously undefeated Bundaberg 75-51."

When pressed for who he thought were the best performers, Richardson was quick to recognise the team: "All players performed well when called on".

Finally the U14 girls had a much improved tournament splitting their games 2-2, unfortunately going down the top team Gladstone by 4 and 6 points. Queensland captain Akaysha Muggeridge continued her good form, top scoring for the weekend averaging 19.5 points a game. Upcoming star Casey Dunn also displayed a strong offensive presence.

The Central Queensland Carnivals ultimately act as a qualifying process and preparation for the real competition.

And that is the Queensland State Championships with U12-U16 teams travelling to Mackay, Townsville and Brisbane for week long tournaments in March and April.



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