Myrtle­ford fin­ishes rep sea­son in style BAS­KET­BALL By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - SPORT -

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.

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