Saints put out Heat in final at state titles

Launceston Saints under-12 basketballers, BACK: Issy Tys, Haylie Lenner, Ella Pursell, Ava Connelly and Maya Scott. FRONT: Kara Hennessy, Lauren Wise, Mia Baldock and Eva Lawrence.

Launceston Saints under-12 basketballers, BACK: Issy Tys, Haylie Lenner, Ella Pursell, Ava Connelly and Maya Scott. FRONT: Kara Hennessy, Lauren Wise, Mia Baldock and Eva Lawrence.

THE Launceston Saints under-12 basketball team was the only Northern side to enjoy success at Basketball Tasmania's inuagural statewide championships played on the North-West Coast last weekend.

The Launceston Saints girls' team won the division 2 grand final, beating the Somerset Heat in the grand final in Devonport.

Teams from across the state took part in the tournament.

The team, coached by Jamie Baldock, is made up of Saints players from different divisions who had only two weeks training together before the championships.

The Saints played three preliminary round games to finish second in its pool, beating the Hobart Dominos and the Latrobe Demons but losing to Somerset Heat.

They won their cross-over semi-final against Penguin, which finished top of the other pool, 25-11, and went on to defeat Somerset Heat 21-19, in the grand final.

Top scorers for the Saints under-12 girls were Lauren Wise with 12, Kara Hennessy with five and Eva Lawrence four.

"Eva missed the second half of our first game against Somerset after tripping over and landing on her elbow which was detrimental to the team," Baldock said.

"She was taken to the Burnie hospital for an x-ray but was cleared to play in Sunday's grand final.

"And Issy Tys was important to us in shutting down one of Somerset's best players in a great defensive game which helped us get the win."

In other grand final results, Wynyard defeated Smithton 41-29 in the division 2 boys' grand final, Devonport beat Burnie 43-29, in the division 1 boys, and Ulverstone finished on top of Smithton 15-13, in the division 1 girls'.

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