Christina Reynolds' journey with Shepparton Lady Gators came to an end on Saturday when she played her last game with the team against Wodonga Lady Wolves.MATTHEW GALEA December 17, 2013 4:05am
As the Shepparton Lady Gators welcomed a new face in the shape of Mia Beks into the senior set-up, it said goodbye to another.
Christina Reynolds played her last game for the Gators, marking an end to her journey with the club, which started in the juniors at under-12s and has spanned more than a decade.
A 21-point loss at the hands of the Wodonga Lady Wolves might not have been the ideal way for Reynolds to bow out, but that hasn’t taken away from the treasured memories she will take with her when she moves to Darwin in the new year with her partner.
One of those memories was last season’s Country Basketball League north east conference win against the same opposition, completing a stunning transformation from league strugglers to champions.
‘‘It would have been better to win, but it’s always sad to play your last game,’’ Reynolds said.
‘‘But that win was probably the biggest win at the club.
‘‘In under-16s we won the championship as well and that was with ‘Juddy’ (coach Chris Judd) also.’’
Judd has been ever-present throughout Reynolds’ time at the Gators, coaching her every second year through juniors and again in the seniors.
‘‘He’s played a massive role in my basketball,’’ Reynolds said.
‘‘He was my coach for the majority of my time here and he helped me to become the player I’ve become.’’
A keen netballer as well, playing in the Shepparton United B-grade side and racking up more than 150 appearances along the way, Reynolds said she would miss the friendships she had made across the two sports, especially with Jacqui Kitto, who she played with through juniors, but is glad she won’t have to choose between the two sports with the Lady Gators set to move into the V-League next year.
‘‘I’ve always played both, which has been handy with the seasons running separately,’’ Reynolds said.
‘‘(Gators) has always been a good club for me, even in my first senior years when I wasn’t getting much court time, it was just great to be in there and keep improving.’’
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