Suns girls sitting pretty at top of State basketball tree

STATE CHAMPIONS: Coffs Harbour is on top of the pile after beating Bathurst in the final of the State Waratah League.
STATE CHAMPIONS: Coffs Harbour is on top of the pile after beating Bathurst in the final of the State Waratah League.

THE Coffs Harbour Suns can now claim to be the best in the state, after they defeated the Bathurst Goldminers 87-50 at a packed out Sutherland Stadium.

After easily disposing of the Queanbeyan Yowies 78-48 in the semi-final, the Suns met the Goldminers in a do-or-die match to which they knew they had to bring in their experience.

Jessie Reeves proved the difference throughout the game with 21 points while Annie La Fleur provided six assists helping the team dominate all four quarters.

The grand finals' most valuable player went to Jessi Reeves while Siarn Woods was rewarded with the defensive player of the GF as well as a spot on the BNSW All-Star five.

Carlee Hardaker believes that the win means "Coffs Harbour is fast becoming a bastion of basketball talent" on the North Coast.

The women's team have now won two grand finals out of three and will again be the team to beat next year.

Suns coach Connie Woods was awarded as the State League Coach of the Year.

"I told the girls before the game to stick to the game plan and that they deserved to be there and to just go out there and enjoy it," she said.

"Full credit to the team, they have worked hard all year and it has finally paid off in the best possible way.

"Before the game, the girls were quietly confident, but you could tell they were nervous. Thankfully they dominated each quarter and it was great that everything came together at the right time."

However, Woods was tight-lipped on whether she would stay as coach after such a successful year, but after her management this year, it may be hard to turn down.

2013 NSW State Waratah League Grand Final
Coffs Harbour Suns 87
(J. Reeves 21, S. Woods 17, K. Kennedy 12, B. Kochel 12, A. La Fleur 9)
Bathurst Goldminers 50
(F. Roebuck 12, C. Coolmington 10, K. Bower 8, H. Lepaio 6, C. Noon 6)

1st Quarter - 26-6
2nd Quarter - 41-22
3rd Quarter - 69-29
4th Quarter - 87-50

Played at Sutherland Stadium

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