MONTANA Farrah-Seaton is loving life.
The Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits young gun is at the top of her game, providing a bright light in what has been another challenging season for the Border club.
At just 16, Farrah-Seaton has had to bear a heavy burden lately, with the Lady Bandits ravaged by injuries.
But she has stepped up superbly, averaging 16.3 points a game in the past three matches to stamp herself as a star in the making.
As it was, Farrah-Seaton had already more than doubled her scoring from last season, going from 4.5 points a game to more than nine and is now approaching a double-digit average.
And in further good news for her basketball development, Farrah-Seaton was this week offered a 12-month scholarship at the NSW Institute of Sport.
“I found out yesterday about it and it’s exciting,” Farrah-Seaton said.
“I’ve got a camp next week, an introduction to it all and, hopefully, from there something will happen.
“There’s a few camps in Sydney and the head coach Damian Cotter will come here to train me.
“It will be really good, he’s coached me before. I like the way he coaches.”
The Lady Bandits host the Nunawading Lady Spectres tonight and Farrah-Seaton said she hoped her short-handed team would test the visitors’ resolve.
Regardless, the 178-centimetre forward has enjoyed the week-in, week-out challenge of playing against more experienced players.
“I love playing with the local girls. It’s really good,” Farrah-Seaton said.
“It’s been really challenging, losing our three main players so we’ve all had to step up.
“This week, hopefully, we can get a win or at least just close that gap.”
Farrah-Seaton was quick to pay tribute to both teammates past and present, listing former star guard Alex Duck and import Rachel Maenpaa —along with new coach James Ballinger — as big influences on her career so far.
“I definitely feel more comfortable this year,” Farrah-Seaton said.
“I’ve stepped into the role a little bit better and James (Ballinger) has definitely made things more comfortable.
“He’s just great with all of us.
“I want to take my career as far as it can go.
“Whether it’s the Opals, the Australian under-19 team or the WNBL, let’s just see where it takes me.
“I really look up to Alex Duck and Rachel Maenpaa, who has helped me so much with my shot and speed.
“She has so much knowledge of the game that you’d be an idiot not to listen to her.”
Tip-off tonight at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre is 6.30pm with the men to follow at 8.30pm.