THE Victorian Bushrangers have won the under-18 girls’ title, beating state rival the Goldminers in the decider.
The Bushies, led by Traralgon’s Danni Pearce, proved too strong in Saturday’s final, winning 67-46 at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre to remain undefeated for the tournament.
Miners coach Lisa Townsend said her side, which suffered its first loss for the event in the decider, was out-gunned.
It was the Miners’ second straight defeat in the under-18 girls’ grand final, with the NSW Kookaburras winning the title last year.
“It was a good tussle,” former Lady Bandits coach Townsend said.
“It was a nice rivalry but they were just a bit more experienced than we were.
“It was always going to be a tough ask.
“We knew we were going to be in for a hard slog.
“To our girls’ credit we had some really good looks but couldn’t buy a basket.
“That’s what happens after six days.”
Eliza West, Rhianna Barton and Mikayla Watson were outstanding for the Miners, while bottom-age Wangaratta player Carly Perso overcame a shoulder injury to play in the final.
Townsend said she couldn’t fault her side’s efforts at the tournament.
“Some girls really stepped up; it made selection very, very hard.”
In other results, the Victorian Bushrangers beat the NSW Waratahs 61-54 in the under-16 girls; NSW Kookaburras beat the Victorian Bushrangers 62-38 in the under-16 boys; New Zealand Kea upset the South Australian Sharks 65-61 in the under-14 girls; and the NSW Kookaburras beat the NSW Waratahs 91-67 in the under-14 boys.