JUNIOR BASKETBALL: Kookas fly to big win over weaker Wolves

IT was another big win for the under-16 girls NSW Kookaburras team when they defeated the Albury-Wodonga Wolves 77-41 in the second round of the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup yesterday.

It was the second consecutive win for the Kookaburras after beating the Tasmanian Possums 83-50 in the first round on Monday.

Kookaburras coach Drew Fenton said he was happy with how his team handled itself on the court.

“I thought we played really well,” he said.

“Obviously it was against one of the weaker teams made up from the local area, but I think we got what we needed to get out of the game.

“It’s sometimes hard to play those games, and you never want to grind them into the ground and be mean.

“They’re here for the same reason as us and want to get better, so I’m glad the girls paid the other team respect.”

Fenton was happy to be able to try some different tactics to his usual game plan during the match.

“We ran some completely different stuff to what we ran yesterday, like a different type of offence which I thought really worked,” he said.

“It was also good to get a lot of production off our bench, which was good because that didn’t really happen in our previous match.”

Wolves coach Les Stevens said his team was still finding its feet but was making some big improvement along the way.

“We’ve only had one training session, so they’re only going to get better as the week goes on,” he said.

“There was a lot of improvement in this match, but we still need to work a lot harder on our defence I think.

“But our offence is starting to work, and everyone is giving it their all so I can’t ask any more of the girls than that.”