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Blasters bask in Benalla

Good results for Seymour age-group basketball sides in Benalla tournament.

March 5, 2014 4:22am

The Seymour Blasters under-12 girls basketball side which finished runner-up in the Benalla tournament.

Seymour Blasters travelled to Benalla to play at a tournament on February 22 and 23, and the under-12 girls finished runners-up in division one.

The first game was a close contest with the Blasters holding off the late-scoring Echuca to win by one point, Layne Lewis top-scoring with 12 points.

The next game saw the Blasters have an easy win over Wodonga B, 34-8. Our defence was strong, with all of the girls keeping pressure on their opponents.

Sophie Rutherford ran her legs off again, getting herself in the middle of the action at both ends of the court. Brooke McLarty shot a couple of nice baskets, and Temisha Griffiths was rebounding well.

The third game of the day was against Deniliquin, with the Blasters showing fantastic teamwork, allowing all players to contribute to the scoreline. At half-time we had a nice lead 15-6. Abbey Cook had some good interceptions, and Annalise Rimes worked hard in defence. Taryn Furletti shot 12 points, and it was another good win for the girls, 33-14.

Sunday morning saw a fairly rough game against Shepparton, but the Blasters held their own to take the win 18-10.

The Blasters then came up against Benalla, a team we hadn’t played before. The girls kept the pressure on them, and Benalla’s best player was fouled off. The ball was moved down the court quickly by Layne Lewis, with some nice passing under the ring to Ruby Martin, allowing her to shoot 10 points. Georgia Pearce shot a nice basket from outside the key and the Blasters had another fairly easy victory 40-13.

This game put us in the Grand Final against Wodonga A, a strong side with lots of height. In the first half, Wodonga only had a lead of eight, which wasn’t too bad considering we could not match it with them under the basket as they were so tall.

The Blasters kept trying though, with their fighting spirit strong until the end. Unfortunately Wodonga took the win 46-24, but our girls could hold their heads high, because the teamwork and support for each other shown all weekend was fantastic.

— Holli Furletti

Seymour Blasters under-12 girls team manager

Seymour Blasters under-16 girls came second in the Benalla tournament divisional ladder, but a loss to third-placed Myrtleford during the regular games meant the Seymour girls missed out on a chance at grand final glory.

The Blasters won the first three matches soundly, defeating Deniliquin 39-12, Mansfield 49-11 and Wodonga 31-12. But Myrtleford, which has had a strong season, proved elusive for the Blasters — final score 35-23 to Myrtleford. They then faced off against Benalla, which won 36-29.

Claudia Cook and Courtney Aldous were the star shooters for Seymour, assisted at the basket by Macy Byrnes, Sarah Waite, Chelsea Skerritt and Phoebe Elliott. All-rounders were Nicki Bradley and Caitlan Haggis.

The Seymour girls next play at the Basketball Victory Country Championships later this month at Bendigo, where they will compete for the Division 3/4 state titles.

— Michelle Bradley

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