A Tasmanian side short on numbers but big on heart found its rhythm late in the week at the women's under-20 national basketball championships.
Going through the group stages with just one win - a 61-56 result over Western Australia - the Tigers clicked in their fifth-place playoff game.
Facing a South Australian side who won 89-69 when the two sides met earlier in the tournament, Tasmania won 69-60 with Sharn Hayward, Micah Simpson and Georgina Harding all hitting double figures.
"We were a but undermanned heading over - a normal squad has 10 but we travelled over with nine and Jess [Johnston] was injured prior to leaving so we battled with eight which was obviously tough," Simpson said.
"Everyone played their fair share of minutes - it was tough but we competed.
"I think our last game showed who were were and how we wanted to play all week so it was good to finish on that note."
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Bronte Smith was one of seven under-agers in the Tasmanian side, which included three Launceston Tornadoes in Simpson, Johnston and Aishah Anis.
The 17-year-old credited her teammates for helping her adjust to the standard in what was her first exposure to national championships.
"Going over I was aware I was playing against the best in the nation so that was a bit daunting, but as soon as I got there the girls just helped me and it was really good, it was a good experience," the former Norwood Primary student said.
"As I got through each game the nerves kicked down a little bit.
"I think just playing with the girls - we've played together for a while now and it's always been the North girls, the North-West and the South in different teams - so coming together as one was really good."
Anis and Shelby Rayner finished the tournament averaging at least nine points and five rebounds a game each, while Hayward led her team for points with more than 13 a game.
Johnston played just 12 minutes on a sore knee against Queensland for a return of five points and a rebound.
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