U16 Nationals: Women's Recap

Day 7

Player of the Day: Gemma Potter (VIC Metro)


LINE –  23 PTS – 6 RBS – 1 STL 

You know that feeling when you’re right in the game, and then someone goes for 12 points in the quarter to make it that much harder?

QLD South had that feeling today when Gemma Potter went off in the second quarter today.

The VIC Metro wing would finish with a game-high 23 points on a very efficient 10/14 shooting.

Whenever QLD South were looking to make a run, there was Potter, making sure that the lead never changed hands.

Potter was able to leak out in transition ahead of the pack, as well as attack from the wing to finish at the hoop.

VIC Metro had a host of players contribute in a major way today, but none were more important as Potter, who’s timely buckets lead her team to the Grand Final.


Game of the Day

VIC Metro v. QLD South

VIC Metro have been in cruise control all week. That much is evident.

On the other hand, QLD South have overcome numerous physical and mental hurdles on their road to the semis. They’ve endured injuries, cold-shooting nights and down-to-the-wire games, with the majority of wins coming only by margins of 5 points or less.

They’ve faced some uphill battles all week. This one was to be the steepest yet.

VIC Metro came out looking polished, getting into their sets early and executing well. Multiple players were getting touches and made full use of a balanced scoring attack.

Despite seeing a lot of late shot-clock attempts, QLD stuck with the VIC’s. Go-to option Shyla Heal was kept relatively quiet in this early period, with the VIC’s plugging the lanes and forcing her to dish.

As soon as livewire Lily Scanlon came off the bench, the tempo of the match was raised sevenfold. Providing bountiful energy on both ends, Scanlon’s injection into the game aided a late VIC run in closing the end of the first quarter.

The game ground on throughout the second, with both teams trading buckets. Gemma Potter continued to stay assert herself on the scoring end of the floor and rounded the first half with a game-high 16 points. QLD big Ashlee Hannan and skilled wing Grace Champion led the scoring for the Maroons with 7 and 9 points respectively.

The third saw VIC lock down defensively, on both the perimeter and the paint. Guards Abbey Ellis and Scanlon terrorised QLD ballhandlers on the outside, relying on their multitude of lengthy bigs and wings to provide a sea of arms in the paint.

This turned out to be the deal breaker for the blues, as by the end of the fourth QLD simply didn’t have enough fuel in the tank to muster a run of their own. VIC’s depth of talent and defensive versatility proved to be too great in the long run.

Eliza Hollingsworth was particularly impressive in this one, stepping out and showcasing her range along with finishing down low with finesse. Not to mention her ability to deter each and every shot within her considerable wingspan. One of the major two-way forces of this tournament.

Coming up against a surging NSW Metro in the grand-final tomorrow, VIC Metro can’t afford to rest on their laurels. Game on.

VIC Metro – Abbey Ellis: 10 Pts, 3 Rbs, 6 Asts, 2 Stls, 1 Blk

QLD South – Grace Champion: 13 Pts, 2 Rbs, 1 Stl


Game Notes

  • VIC Metro’s, Abbey Ellis is on fire this week having another good one with 10 Pts, 6 Rbs, 3 Asts, 2 Stls and a highlight block.
  • Isobel Palmer (NSW Country) had another double-double today, notching 21 points and 11 rebounds
  • NSW Metro had a solid contribution from all around the board today. Gracie Lee in particular was brilliant with 12 points (5/6 FGs) and 6 rebounds.
  • Agnes Emma-Nnopu had yet another stat-stuffer, posting ridiculous numbers for the week. Today included a 19 point, 13 rebound, 3 assist, 3 steal and 4 block effort vs. NZ.
  • Tayah Burrows was a nice 5/5/5 today in her win vs. NT.



NSW Metro 70 def. SA Metro 55

NSW Metro – Charlotte Gorman: 14 Pts, 2 Rbs, 3 Asts, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

SA Metro – Gabrielle Vidmar: 9 Pts, 5 Rbs, 4 Asts, 5 Stls, 1 Blk

VIC Country 81 def. NZ 68

VIC Country – Georgia Amoore: 14 Pts, 8 Rbs, 2 Asts, 1 Blk

NZ – Charlisse Leger-Walker: 20 Pts, 9 Rbs, 7 Asts, 3 Stls

WA Country 71 def. NT 51

WA Country – Ella Sigley: 15 Pts, 4 Rbs, 2 Asts, 4 Stls

NT – Molly Althouse: 14 Pts, 9 Rbs, 1 Ast, 5 Stls, 1 Blk

VIC Metro 69 def. QLD South 53

VIC Metro – Abbey Ellis: 10 Pts, 3 Rbs, 6 Asts, 2 Stls, 1 Blk

QLD South – Neve Tratt: 9 Pts, 8 Rbs, 2 Blks

NSW Country 73 def. QLD North 57

NSW Country – Olivia Barber: 16 Pts, 13 Rbs (9 off.), 5 Asts, 6 Stls, 2 Blks

QLD North – Alexandra Fowler: 14 Pts, 13 Rbs, 4 Blks

TAS 60 def. ACT 55

TAS – Samantha Williams: 12 Pts, 8 Rbs, 1 Stl

ACT – Kassidy Fox: 8 Pts, 11 Rbs, 4 Ast




Playoff Fixtures

Time | Matchup | Location



5/6: 9:00 AM | NSW Country v. VIC Country | Court 1

13/14: 9:30 AM | NT v. ACT | Court 6

7/8: 11:00 AM | QLD North v. NZ | Court 5

BRONZE: 1:00 PM | QLD South v. SA Metro | Court 1

11/12: 1:30 PM | WA Country v. TAS | Court 6

9/10: 3:00 PM | SA Country v. WA Metro | Court 5

GOLD: 5:00 PM | VIC Metro v. NSW Metro | Court 1