Albany sides fall short at Country Championships

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Albany didn’t reach finals at basketball country champs.
Camera IconAlbany didn’t reach finals at basketball country champs. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Albany Basketball Association has failed to reach any finals in the second weekend of the BWA Country Championships at the Bendat Basketball Centre in Perth.

Albany teams travelled north to compete in the under-15, under-14, under-13 and under-12 girls’ divisions at the annual tournament.

In the under-14 girls’ championship division, Albany finished third with a record of three wins and three losses, missing a place in the grand final.

Albany started brightly with wins over Manjimup and Busselton on Saturday but they were well beaten by Bunbury in their final game of the day, 18-41.

Two more defeats on Sunday put them out of contention before a one-point win over Australind to close out the weekend.

Albany also had a 3-3 record in the under-15 girls’ championship division, finishing fourth in the standings.

Big victories over Manjimup (26-9) and Kalgoorlie (36-14) started the campaign on a strong note but losses to Busselton, Mandurah and Geraldton also ended their title hopes.

Brodie Dixon (6.83 points a game) and Margie Jones (6.5pag) were both impressive for the team.

Albany also had teams in the under-13 girls’ championship division, finishing fourth, and they were third in the under-12 girls’ championship division standings.

Angelina De Giambattista averaged 7.6 points a game for the under-13 Albany team, while Albany’s sole win in the under-12s came against Geraldton in their final match, with Michaela Buck scoring 10 points.

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