Senior College teams in finals
BASKETBALL is certainly booming at Coffs Harbour Senior College with the boys and girls teams making it through to the State finals after securing victories against the best north-west schools.
Both victories ensure the Senior College of a place at the State finals in Terrigal next week.
The top eight boys and girls teams in the State will battle out the final rounds of the competition to determine who will be crowned the 2010 NSW CHS State Champion.
This is the challenge that lies ahead for the Senior College students.
The girls team had a hard-fought victory against Quirindi High School at Sportz Central.
The game was very competitive throughout with numerous lead changes adding to the excitement of the spectacle.
Victory was only assured in the last 20 seconds of the game after several heart-in-the-mouth moments over the last couple of minutes.
While loathe to single individuals out in what was a team effort, mention must be made of Lauren Linton and Natalie Hughes, who both stood tall ‘in the paint’.
Hughes was able to nail a couple of mid-range shots in the dying moments that sealed the win. Linton’s rebounding ability was pivotal throughout the game. Mention must also be made of ball carriers Emma and Nicole Howarth and Emily Newcombe as they were able to constantly break the defensive press put upon them by Quirindi
The men’s team played Armidale High School in their State qualifier of the CHS knockout.
The game was late to start because of Armidale having to travel. The teams were very even as you would expect at this stage of the competition with each team trading baskets up until the final quarter.
In the last quarter the college players rallied and broke the spirit of the visitors with a number of three pointers from Greg Dowler. This allowed the team to achieve a solid win of 57-38.