State Championship Women
The Knox Raiders State Champ Women played off against the Sunbury Jets on Saturday night for a spot to go safely through to the Grand Final. The Raiders went down in a close game 59-63, however the Raiders secured a double chance finishing on top of the ladder and will play off next week against Southern Peninsula to make it through. The Raiders were off to a slow start losing the first quarter 12-22 putting them on the back pedal from the start of the game. However, this would not stop the Raiders from fighting back and winning the 3rdquarter 26-11. Bec Ott was outstanding for the Raiders with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Despite the Raiders only having one player in double figures for the game and to only lose by such a close margin shows just how strong the team can be. Taking that into consideration no doubt it would be an entirely different game if the Raiders were to come up against Sunbury again in the Grand Final.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
GRANDFINAL GAME 2
The Knox Raiders Youth Champ Women went down to the Sandringham Sabres 57-69 in game 2 of the Grand Final series. The Raiders had a slow start losing the first quarter 9-24 however did not stop pushing and managed to win both the 2ndand 4thquarters of the game. However, the slow start put the Raiders on the back pedal and unfortunately, they couldn’t quite make up for the points lost in that first quarter. Despite missing three of their key players (Leah Santomaggio, Emily Fisher & Eliana Bravington) the Raiders showed the strength and depth of their team and willingness to just keep pushing. Althea Angeles had a strong performance for the Raiders with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. After this game both teams were sitting on 1 loss and 1 win for the series which the led them into Game 3 on the Sunday with either team just one more win away from securing the Championship Title.
GRANDFINAL GAME 3
With both teams sitting on 1 win and 1 loss for the Grand Final series it was anyone’s game to take on the day. After coming out to a slow start the night before the Raiders ensured they didn’t make the same mistake twice and came out to win the first quarter 20-16. The Raiders had the addition of Leah Santomaggio (6pts, 10rbds, 1stl) and Emily Fisher (5pts, 2rbds, 4asts) back into the team for this game. Meagan Wylie was the top scorer for the Raiders with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Despite still missing their key centre player Eliana Bravington due to State commitments the Raiders showed they were determined to step up and fight and not give up until that final siren goes. The Raiders got the game back within 3 points in the dying minutes of the game however the Sabres managed to hit a crucial 3 point shot to help separate the score and secure their lead. The final score was 53-61 with the Sandringham Sabres taking out the 2018 Youth Championship title.