Launceston Grammar students Aishah Anis and Jess Johnston stand out for Tornadoes

LESSONS: Aishah Anis and Jess Johnston at school with Derrick Washington.
LESSONS: Aishah Anis and Jess Johnston at school with Derrick Washington.

There was a louder roar on Friday night for a couple of Tornadoes long-range shots.

That crowd appreciation came in support of Aishah Anis, who nailed a big three-point bomb and another two soon after for good measure.

The debut of the 16-year-old came at the insistence of coach Derrick Washington.

“It’s important for our club we continue to work with local players so we build depth for future years,” he said.

“The long-term success of this club rests on the strength and depth of our locals.”

The coach has kept an extra watchful eye on Launceston Grammar students Anis and Torns teammate, Jess Johnston, 15, after the SEABL club entered a partnership this year with their school.

Washington coaches the school’s program by day that has led to qualifying for the state titles after winning the northern championships.

“They have the skill and temperament to mix it with SEABL players,” he said, “and I will be challenging all our younger players to step up when they’re called on.”