History was made in both basketball state league finals on Sunday.
A Launceston team finally won the men's title while the women's decider witnessed the first victory for a Basketball Tasmania high performance team.
On an action-packed afternoon at Elphin Sports Centre, a late Sharn Hayward three-pointer gave the high performance women a 68-65 win over Latrobe before US college star Kai Woodfall led Launceston Lightning to an overdue statewide triumph the morning after being name association of the year.
Top scoring with 28 points in the 101-90 win over Penguin, Woodfall's emotional celebrations showed how much the victory meant following timely three-pointers on the stroke of half-time and to ice the win with three minutes left.
"I'm super proud of our boys, but also Launceston Basketball Association," said Woodfall, who had already been named the league's most valuable player.
"In the past we've not been known for a strong league so I'm happy we've been able to prove we can be competitive in the state.
"We adjusted well against a really good team and it's really rewarding to play our best basketball in the final."
Basketball Tasmania development manager Mark Radford was equally delighted with his young team's breakthrough moment against a star-studded Demons side.
"We've got five kids that played at under-16 nationals in that team so that is a very young group," he said.
"But that's why they're a pleasure to coach.
"That's the first high performance team to win a state grand final. We've lost a couple in the girls and I think another couple in the boys and we said beforehand this was an opportunity to be the first.
"I said even if you don't win you will go back to school tomorrow, life will go on and you'll be OK, but you could be part of something special, and it was good for those kids to understand that.
"They showed a lot of resilience and composure at the end to not foul and win the game with a defensive rebound. I'm really pleased for them."
A team coached by a marriage celebrant was determined to enjoy the honeymoon period.
A Launceston men's side had waited a long time for a statewide basketball league title so Ray Young's Lightning outfit was understandably ecstatic with the 101-90 win over Penguin.
The association-based competition saw a combination of players from City, Devils, Rebels and Trojans prove too strong for the best teams from the capital and the sport's North-West hotbed.
The six-game roster season's two undefeated sides served up a grand final to match their lofty status.
Just two points ahead at the first break, Lightning edged a pulsating 62-point second-quarter to lead 51-37 at half-time.
As Jacob Richards and Fraser Eaton went about amassing 55 points between them, Penguin reduced the deficit in both final quarters but couldn't halt the Lightning thunderbolts.
League MVP Kai Woodfall (28 points) and fellow Riverside High School products Dylan Warren (20) and Ben Rigby (17) sank 17 three-pointers between them and Hugh King chipped in with 14 points while simultaneously rocking the beard, plaited ponytail and headband combo look.
The women's decider was far less straight-forward as Mark Radford's fledgling Basketball Tasmania High Performance side took on an experienced Latrobe outfit, both teams having finished 5-1 from their six-game roster.
Headlined by the NBL1 experience of Ellie Collins and Sarah O'Neill, the Demons led at every break only to see the HP women storm home in the final term to win 68-65.
A close encounter was always on the cards after Latrobe won their first meeting of the season by 30 points only for the BTas team to sneak the rematch by two.
Collins and O'Neill recorded 12 points apiece as Amy-Lee Baldock (17) and Shelby Rayner (15) led the Demons' scoring.
In contrast to the Coasters' seven-player squad, Radford gave 11 players a grand final experience as all-star five members and international representatives Zoe Crawford (13) and Sharn Hayward (12) joined Emerson Wells (16) among the leading point-getters.
When Torns recruit Collins was controversially fouled out late in the final term, the HP youngsters came of age.
Makala Bingley nailed her third three-pointer to put them ahead before Hayward sank her fourth to seal the deal.
A vocal crowd enjoyed both grand finals at Elphin Sports Centre, although not as many that had watched the state high school deciders a week earlier.
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