Horsham Basketball's under-16 girls are prepared to fight hard at the Country Championships in Bendigo this weekend.
The girls are the only team representing the Wimmera at the event, with no under-18 girls team able to be put together.
The under-16s will be competing in the division 3 & 4 Championships. Two years ago, the girls made the division four grand final when they competed at the top-age as under-14s, and head coach Nicole Lakin is hoping to go one step further this time around.
"We're aiming for slightly better this year," Lakin said.
"We just want to go in quietly to observe and see where we're at, don't set the bar too high. We'll see if we can get a spot in division three, then we've already done better than two years ago."
Lakin insisted a key was to keep the pressure off the team, and to simply take the games as they come.
"We've just got to keep our heads, that's the main thing," Lakin said.
"We're not putting too much pressure on ourselves. We've got a full team of nine girls who are ready and are excited to have a crack at it."
The girls face a tough schedule at the two-day competition, with four matches on the opening day.
Of the four teams the girls face, they have played only one of their opponents before.
"They're entering the unknown, the kids don't know what they're going out on the court to beat," Lakin said.
"But I'm happy we don't know too much about them - we can go out there and just have a good crack and play good, hard basketball."