Horsham Hornets make finals at under-14 state championships

SO CLOSE: The under-14 Echuca and Horsham Hornets sides made it to the division two grand final at the weekend. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
SO CLOSE: The under-14 Echuca and Horsham Hornets sides made it to the division two grand final at the weekend. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

THE junior basketball representative season has wrapped up with Horsham’s under-14 sides competing at the state championships in Ballarat across the weekend. 

The girls side battled it out in division two, and performed well to make it to the grand final on Sunday. 

Led by coach Nicole Lakin, the side just fell short, losing to Echuca by six points in the final. 

The young Hornets had played Echuca four times this representative season, losing each time but shortening the losing margin on every occasion. 

Lakin said the girls’ effort was outstanding. 

“They played their hearts out and deserved what they ended up with – a medal around their necks,” she said.

“I reckon if we had another five minutes we would have defeated them. We were close to them but the poor children, their legs were just too tired. It was our shortest losing margin for the season against Echuca. It was a mentally hard game but they found a lot of strength.”

Lakin said the weekend was intense, with a lot of basketball being played.

“After you play nine games in three days it is hard,” she said.

“They have come away with the tournament and have learnt so much for the season. They proved to themselves that they are basketballers and that’s what I loved.”

The under-14 boys side coached by Owen Hughan also played in a final at the weekend, competing against Wangaratta in division four. 

The final went to over-time, with Wangaratta winning by six points.