Ju­nior trio im­press coaches in trial games

BAS­KET­BALL

Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT -

Three of the re­gion’s most promis­ing bas­ket­ballers are a step closer to rep­re­sent­ing WA at next year’s na­tional cham­pi­onships after play­ing in trial games at the week­end.

Macken­zie Hoy­card, Sam Julitz and Billy Hicks are in con­tention to make their re­spec­tive un­der-18 WA Coun­try sides to com­pete at April’s na­tion­als in Bal­larat.

The three com­peted at last week­end’s un­der-19 State Cham­pi­onships in Perth and played three games each.

Macken­zie was the star for her side, lead­ing them to a per­fect record at the cham­pi­onships de­spite not be­ing el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in fi­nals. The CBC star av­er­aged 10.6 points across her three games, scor­ing a team high 15 points in WA’s 37-13 win against Joon­dalup.

Gold­fields Gi­ants de­vel­op­ment play­ers Billy and Sam had a tougher week­end with their team los­ing all four of their games and post­ing a points per­cent­age of just 75.30.

Both play­ers had a hard time scor­ing, with Sam reg­is­ter­ing just 12 points across his three games, while Billy scored a soli­tary bas­ket. How­ever, their com­mit­ment to the team is bound to im­press the coaches.

They will have a chance to shine on home soil in Jan­uary, as the un­der-18s travel to Kal­go­or­lie-Boulder to take on the Gi­ants in two prac­tice matches.

The un­der-18 na­tional bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onships will be held in Bal­larat from April 11-18.

Pic­ture: Paul Braven

Billy Hicks.

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