The last couple of days have been huge for girls basketball at TPPS, starting with yesterday's Senior All-Stars Regional Hoop Time. The girls started of strongly, winning convincingly against St Anne's (32-3) and Kind David School (14-11), before losing an early lead to lose against Boronia Heights in their final pool game (16-22). Finishing second in Pool 2, they played against the winners of Pool 3 in the Semi-Finals. The girls lifted their game against Hawthorn West, with some savvy team-work and clutch shooting, giving themselves a 14-10 victory and a place in the State Qualifying Finals against MLC. Undersized compared to their Grand Final opponents, the girls had to be on top of their game if they wanted to win and unfortunately an after the siren foul shot from MLC forced the game into overtime. To their credit, TPPS didn't let this dishearten them and saved their best basketball for the final three minutes, winning 16-11 and booking a spot in the Hoop Time State Finals on Tuesday 28th November.
Following yesterday's success, today the girls played in the SSV Eastern Metropolitan Regional Finals, which contained all the Division champions in Melbourne's East. The girls flew out of the blocks in the first game against St Jude's, but unfortunately conceded a 10 point lead to lose on the buzzer 23-22. Following the disappointment of a close loss, the girls showed great resolve and were too strong for Belgrave South winning 26-12. TPPS's final pool game was against Camberwell South who had defeated our girls in the equivalent netball fixture earlier in the year. The girls played a perfect game to defeat their previously undefeated opponent 12-23. This left a long wait as only one team from the pool could progress to the final and three teams finished on the same amount of points, however, due to their superior percentage, TPPS faced Yarra Road in the final. The girls played great basketball during the tight game, with the margin never exceeding four points, but unfortunately they fell short 20-19 after a very nail-biting finish, being named Runners-Up in the Eastern Region.
I couldn't be prouder of the girls who played in both teams. The spirit, positivity and fight they bring to the court is inspirational and they are an absolute pleasure to coach.