Girls set to bounce back af­ter de­feat

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Horsham Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s un­der-16 girls will look to bounce back next sea­son fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing end to their state cham­pi­onships cam­paign.

The Horsham outfit won all three pool matches on Satur­day be­fore stum­bling against Swan Hill Fly­ers in Sun­day’s fi­nals round.

Coach Damien Kil­patrick said his charges per­formed well but copped a cou­ple of serious in­juries in their last game on Satur­day.

“To the girl’s credit they tried to play but it took its toll on the team in the fi­nal, un­for­tu­nately,” he said.

“There was dis­ap­point­ment on their faces and I ex­pected there to be – we knew it was there for us and we didn’t play 40 min­utes of bas­ket­ball when it counted.

“A cou­ple of in­juries stopped our run but we only put to­gether 15 min­utes of bas­ket­ball and lost by four points.

“Yes it was dis­ap­point­ing but we’ll come back and de­velop. They’ll only ben­e­fit from it.”

Kil­patrick said his team com­prised pre­dom­i­nantly bot­tom-age play­ers.

“This year was a de­vel­op­ment year. They’ve got next year to go at this level,” he said.

“The team that won it, we beat com- pre­hen­sively a cou­ple of months ago. I per­son­ally think we were the best team there by quite a lot. We stum­bled at the last hur­dle, un­for­tu­nately.”

Kil­patrick said boys and girls bas­ket­ball in the re­gion was en­joy­ing a resur­gence.

“Bas­ket­ball in Horsham has been re­ally start­ing to de­velop in the past four or five years,” he said.

“It goes in waves and it is pick­ing up again. At the mo­ment a lot are bot­tom age and go­ing away suc­cess­ful at bot­tom age – it’s scary to think what they’ll achieve at top age.

“Our un­der-16 girls had a good year. Teams bet­ter watch out next year.”

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