Myrtleford finishes rep season in style BASKETBALL By JUSTIN JENVEY
MYRTLEFORD has capped off its representative basketball season with two teams claiming titles at Benalla over the weekend.
The under 18 and under 16 girls sides were both successful while the under 14 boys narrowly missed out, losing their grand final on Sunday.
After suffering a 23- 10 loss to Wangaratta in their second match of the weekend Myrtleford bounced back to defeat the Warriors when it mattered most.
In the grand final with scores level heading into the final minute Bronte Burgess made a two-point shot with 43 seconds remaining to give Myrtleford a 25-23 lead before holding on to win 25-24.
The team beat Mansfield 3814 first up and Shepparton 41-9 after the Wangaratta loss on their way to the decider.
Burgess was also named MVP in the final after scoring 15 of her team’s 25 points.
The under 16 girls like the under 18s overturned an earlier loss to their grand final opponent to take home the trophy.
They won their first three games, overcoming Wodonga 26-7, Castlemaine 21-19, and Yarrawonga Mulwala 33-27 before losing to Benalla 17-23.
But there was not a repeat of the result from their previous meeting against the Breakers, Myrtleford scored the last seven points to run out winners 24-19.
Tara Breen took home most valuable player honours in the match for her 15 point effort.
The under 14 boys were the other team to make the grand final but couldn’t cap off a perfect weekend.
Like the under 16 girls the boys met Benalla in the final after winning all four of their preliminary matches beating Deniliquin 29-22, Shepparton 34- 24, Benalla 40- 26 and Wangaratta 38-22.
Four points down with 5:30 to go Myrtleford scored seven straight points to lead by three made with just over a minute left but the Breakers made two two-pointer buckets in the space of 30 seconds to take the game 41-40.
The under 16 boys just missed out on a grand final berth.
After losing to eventual winners Yarrawonga Mulwala 21-29 in their first outing they inflicted losses on Shepparton 32- 14, Wallan 46- 29, and Mansfield 53-8.
The under 12s also had a decent weekend winning three of four games in their pool.
They were too good for Deniliquin winning 35-13, went down 32-49 against Yarrawonga Mulwala before finishing strongly with victories over Benalla 34-28 and Castlemaine 30-17.
All teams except the under 14 and under 12 boys will play in their respective state championships in the coming weeks.
SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Myrtleford’s under 16 girls basketball side won at Benalla on the weekend. It was their third grand final win this season.