U16 Nationals: Women's Recap

Day 6

Player of the Day: Gabriella Vidmar (SA Metro)

 

LINE –  18 PTS (4 3Ps) – 6 RBS – 6 STLS

Hands down, without Gabriella Vidmar, SA Metro do not beat NZ and do not play in the semi-final tomorrow.

No one was exempt from first half struggles for SA in this game, Vidmar included.

Her team shot a paltry 16% and were held to 14 points.

But that’s (obviously) not where Vidmar shone.

She scored all of her 18 points in the second half, shaking off her first half struggles and led the team admirably.

When the team needed someone to step up, Vidmar would gladly take that mantle, coming up big down the stretch.

The SA guard has been a standout on her team throughout the week and today she showed why.

She would make life difficult for NZ star, Charlisse Leger-Walker, playing on both sides of the ball.

Vidmar is leading the tournament in steals, and her 6 swipes today further validated her defensive prowess.

With her inspired play in the final quarter, it was only fitting that Vidmar’s fourth trifecta tied the game for the first time since the first quarter.

Part of her 12 for the period, Vidmar would only get better, ensuring that they would not relinquish that lead.

SA Metro remain undefeated, thanks in no small part to Vidmar’s second half brilliance.

She made the big plays her team needed when others were struggling.

Big time performers come out in big time moments.

Vidmar is a big time player, and thus, earns our POTD honours.

 

Game of the Day

NSW METRO VS VIC COUNTRY

Although both teams possessed a solid 4-2 record heading into this quarterfinal matchup, the road to this point has been far from smooth sailing for either one. After suffering a crushing loss to VIC Metro in the opening round, NSW Metro have hit a nice vein of form winning four straight. On the other hand, VIC Country experienced a slightly rockier ending to the group stages losing two of their last three games.

The outcome of this dance was, therefore, hard to predict. This was going to be a tight one.

Not only was it closely-contested from start to finish. It was also one of the more physical games we’ve seen in tournament play thus far and was subsequently an absolute grind for both teams.

NSW found themselves in a good position to match-up well against a VIC team which had previously thrived off creating matchup problems for opposing teams, namely through athletic point Georgia Amoore, versatile big Agnes Emma-Nnopu and springy forward Ella Ogier.

The defensive versatility and size of NSW Metro was on full display in quashing the trio above’s scoring efforts, led by Gracie Lee, Tatiana Beaumont and Rebekah Dallinger.

The result was a low-scoring, scrappy affair throughout. VIC Country came out crashing the o-boards with reckless abandon, with Emma-Nnopou racking up an astonishing 9 rebounds in the first quarter alone.

Converting these extra chances became an ongoing issue for the VIC’s, and NSW had similar troubles finishing their scoring opportunities. With both teams shooting sub-34% from the field at halftime, it was starting to look like a battle of attrition.

That’s when NSW broke the game wide open. Led by an injection of scoring off the bench from Charlotte Gorman, and timely buckets from one of the most consistent bigs in the tournament in Meg Jefferson, NSW managed to break the deadlock and outscore VIC by 10 points in the quarter.

A late surge from VIC led by the hot-hand of Jordie McAuliffe (finishing the game with 4-9 3PM) was held at bay by NSW through some game-icing free throws from Gorman and Sadie Walsh-Gay.

The dynamic play of Catriona Henderson was pivotal in securing an eventual NSW win, despite struggling from outside, the talented bottom-ager found other ways to get it going for herself and her teammates.

NSW face a deep SA Metro outfit tomorrow in the semis, while VIC Country find themselves matched up against NZ.

 

Game Notes

  • SA Country’s Taylah Levy remains on Triple Double Watch notching 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in her team’s win over TAS.
  • Alex Fowler would do all she could for her QLD North side with an incredible 23 points, 24 rebounds, and 2 blocks, but would fall in overtime to QLD rivals QLD South thanks to Shyla Heal’s 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists.
  • NZ’s Charlysse Leger-Walker was had great moments with not-so-great moments today, posting 9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks…and 14 turnovers. Watch for her to come out with a vengeance on VIC Country tomorrow.
  • But it’s Anges Emma-Nnopu from VIC Country who takes claim to the most interesting stat line today with her 4 points (2/14 FGs), massive 18 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks vs. NSW Metro.
  • Eliza Hollingsworth put up a nice double-double and more for VIC Metro today, registering 10 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
  • SA Metro was held to 16% shooting in the first half and only scored 14 points. They would go on to win the game in a memorable comeback.
  • Only two players from the WA Metro and WA Country contest scored in double figures, with both Williams from WA Metro notching 10 apiece.

 

Results

SA Metro 63 def. NZ 56

SA Metro – Ella Sawyer: 10 Pts, 5 Rbs, 4 Asts, 2 Stls

NZ – Sharne Pupuke-Robati: 19 Pts, 16 Rbs, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

WA Metro 67 def. WA Country 41

WA Metro – Nes’eya Williams: 10 Pts, 8 Rbs, 3 Asts, 1 Stl, 3 Blks

WA Country – Georgia Adams: 3 Pts, 5 Rbs, 1 Ast, 3 Stls

NSW Metro 60 def. VIC Country 52

NSW Metro – Meg Jefferson: 10 Pts, 14 Rbs, 2 Asts, 1 Stl, 0 TOs

VIC Country – Ella Ogier: 14 Pts, 9 Rbs, 1 Asts, 2 Stls

VIC Metro 93 def. NSW Country 41

VIC Metro – Abbey Ellis: 22 Pts, 2 Rbs, 4 Asts, 1 Stl, 2 Blks

NSW Country – Isabel Palmer: 18 Pts, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

SA Country 70 def. TAS 51

SA Country – Kaylah Schulz: 10 Pts (5/5 FGs), 5 Rbs, 4 Asts, 1 Blk

TAS – Olivia Crawford: 6 Pts, 10 Rbs

QLD South 68 def. QLD North 67

QLD South – Grace Champion: 20 Pts, 3 Rbs, 1 Ast, 2 Stls

QLD North – Malia Nai: 10 Pts, 3 Rbs, 8 Asts, 2 Stls

 

 

 

Playoff Fixtures

Time | Matchup | Location

 

Classification:

1:30 PM | NZ v. VIC Country | Court 6

3:00 PM | WA Country v. NT | Court 5

5:30 PM | NSW Country v. QLD North | Court 6

7:00 PM | TAS v. ACT | Court 5

 

Semi-Finals:

1:00 PM | SA Metro v. NSW Metro | Court 1

5:00 PM | VIC Metro v. QLD South | Court 1