Steelers Women take out Port Augusta Basketball Title
The Whyalla Steelers women’s A-grade basketball team concluded a fantastic season in the Port Augusta basketball association, by taking out the grand final 72-52 against the Falcons on Saturday Night 16/03/2013.
In probably one of the best games of basketball witnessed for many years, skill wise, physically, defensively and offensively, intelligent and disciplined, the Steelers ladies held sway from a determined and physical Falcons team, who wanted to win at all costs.
Falcons started the first quarter determined to try and blow the game apart early, making space, isolating one on one, driving to the basket every time they went forward, Steelers combining inside and outside shooting, scores tied 17 a piece at quarter time, Taylor Breen scoring well and Ebony Curwood playing a strong leadership role.
The second quarter was still free flowing as both team ran offensive plays, with Steelers executing flex play and screens better and slowly plugging any gaps in defence, you could see the cracks starting to appear in Falcon’s game, Steelers nailing many fine shots, not to be outdone Falcon’s traded shot for shot, however now not being able to penetrate through the middle, whereas the Steelers ladies were able to score from all areas, Falcons becoming undisciplined and fouling unsportsmanlike on Jasmine Bridgman as she was starting to cut up the Falcons defence, half time score in the Steelers favour 34-32.
The third quarter really saw the Whyalla Steelers exploit the cracks in the Falcons defence, despite 3 or 4 Falcons defenders running traps in the Steelers back court, trying to pressure and turn over the ball to their advantage, they were left eating dust from Jasmine’s speed and agility easily allowing a 2 on 1 pass off in the front court giving the Whyalla Steelers easy baskets, Falcons became a defensive rabble, undisciplined, unwilling to chase and going for the body instead of making the effort to close out, Whyalla ripped the Falcons heart out 22 points to 8, Taylor Breen, Ebony Curwood, Rhianna Stringer and Jasmine Bridgman dominating as senior players, and more than ably assisted with reliable play from Bianca Clements, Nikeisha McNamara and Katie Edwards, all starting to get in on the act as a team, all realising the role each had to play, and not getting in the way of each other, allowing the screen and cuts, no cutting in front of the post player who had sealed, and actually using the option, running to assist, making safety position for outlet passes, boxing out on the Falcons when they shot, the holistic way a team game should be played, resulting in the Steelers going in 17 points up at ¾ time 56-39.
The last quarter saw some fight from the Falcons, but it was Whyalla who had their tails up and continued to enjoy the fruits of the disciplined preceding 3 quarters, and continued to stick to their game plan to march away with a 16-13 last quarter, giving Coach Shaun Clements and the Whyalla Steelers a well deserved premiership, after finishing minor premiers.
Stats for the game Whyalla Steelers, Taylor Breen 18 points (1 foul), Rhianna Stringer 17 points, Jasmine Bridgman 16 points, Ebony Curwood 9 points (1 foul), Nikeisha McNamara 7 points (3 fouls), Katie Edwards 3 points (5 fouls), Bianca Clements 2 points (2 fouls), for the Port Augusta Falcons, Peyton Fuller 15 points (5 fouls), Claire Schupelius 13 points (2 fouls) and Laurie Haynes 11 points (2 fouls).
The Michelle Harrison MVP award for the grand final went to Taylor Breen, Rhianna Stringer was awarded the highest points scorer for the season (217 points), Rhianna Stringer also took out the Len Blasheck Memorial MVP for the season from the Port Augusta basketball association.
At this stage the WBA is intending to wedge the Winter 2013 Basketball season into the tight winter schedule such that our finals finish before Hockey, Footy and Netball.
If we can we will finish prior to the Whyalla show avoiding the annoying compulsory week off due to WBA commitment to the show society. This will also give us an extended 10 week break before the Summer season begins. More importantly this will create a window for major floor repairs to be undertaken (if approved by insurance assessor's).
To achieve this games will have to start in week 1 of school term 2 and play thru the school holidays. This is always contentious.
Final schedule is yet to be confirmed so don't take this as set in stone just yet.
Nominations are due into the WBA by Early April so register ASAP with your club to prevent missing out.
The summer season Finals were played last weekend in front of a good sized well behaved crowd.
No games were forced to overtime this year however their were some great Junior Finals on Friday night, some really close games keeping parents and friends on their toes. A good example was Wildcats Rohan Baker hitting a 3 pointer with 4 secs to go to win the U17 Boys final.
The headline games on Saturday were disappointing. Women's A grade Hot favourite Demons were unable to field a full team due to Injuries, holidays and players with other commitments. This meant that Titans went back to back with and easy 24 pt victory Demons, their biggest loss of the season.
The Men's A grade final was a similar tail of Woe for Demons who went straight in to the GF after upsetting perennial favourite Bevan. Wildcats eliminated Bevan in a further upset leaving betting on the GF wide open.
After a close 1st quarter Demons outside shooting went astray. And continued that way all night. They contained wildcats to a reasonable score but were unable to convert at their end. Michael Wallace a a stand out player for wildcats in an easy 19 pt win.
Team photo's and results are to published in the Whyalla news this week.
Jubilee Park Stadium, is home for the Whyalla Basketball Association, a 3 court complex able to seat 500-600 people with full facilities. The WBA comprises of six affiliated clubs : Titans, Wildcats, Demons, Bevan, Sharks & Roopena. Players compete in grades from U8's thru to Senior A grade social competions. We are the largest participation sport in Whyalla & one of the biggest country basketball associations in South Australia. The WBA run 2 seasons (Winter & Summer) both approx 15 weeks in duration. Games are played Mon-Sat.
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