Congratulations to the girls who were selected from the 2018 Under 16 State Championships last week for the All-Star 5 and MVP. Athletes were selected by a criteria that measured their impactful individual performances that supported team results, relative to the expectations of that team. All athletes at the Under 16 State Champs performed exceptionally well.
Please note that the boys selected for the All Star 5 and MVP will be announced tomorrow.
Chailee Ward (Townsville)
The starting point guard for the gold medal winning Townsville Flames, Chailee Ward lived up to expectations. Averaging 17.29ppg for the tournament, Ward orchestrated a number of dominant Townsville Flames displays over the course of the championships. Noteworthy scoring performances included 23 points against Mackay and 27 points against South West Metro during the pool phase. As expected, Ward led the competition in 3point field goals made with a total of 15. When Townsville were at their dominant best, it was on the back of superior performances by Chailee Ward.
Shaylee Browning (Townsville)
The back court sidekick to Chailee Ward, Browning was an offensive dynamo all tournament long. Often finding ways to score easy points in transition, Browning averaged 17.43 points per contest. Browning scored 20+ points on three occasions over the course of the tournament and consistently provided the offensive punch that the Flames needed. Not only did she score, but she was generally tasked with defending the oppositions best player. Browning’s genuine two-way abilities make her a worthy inclusion in the All-Star 5.
Katie Deeble (North Gold Coast)
As expected, Katie Deeble was the leader of a competitive Seahawks outfit who managed to win a silver medal. Deeble was at her brilliant best on the defensive end, creating havoc for opposition guards as she hounded them for 94 feet. Debble’s level headedness and sound decision making allowed her to incorporate her teammates in a meaningful way. With an ability to score the ball when required, Katie had her tournament high of 31 points against Mackay. In a competition full of elite guard play, Deeble proved to be as good as any.
Shaneice Swain (Cairns)
The 4th placed Cairns Dolphins were led by excitement machine, Shaneice Swain. Swain was locked in offensively to the tune of 18.14 points per game. This included a competition high 37 against Bundaberg. As predicted, Swain did most of her damage when playing at pace and in transition. When Cairns were firing, it was Swain who was the engine. Supported well by Indi Bowyer and Jasmine Fearne, the trio were a difficult combination for opposition teams to defend. While Cairns may have had ambitions of a podium finish, Swain’s performances make her an obvious selection into our All-Star 5.
Danielle Bayes (Spartans)
Danielle Bayes had a fantastic tournament for the Spartans, driving them to a bronze medal finish. Her versatility of play made her a tough cover for opposition defenders all tournament long. Bayes proved to be a forward with advanced post footwork and sound perimeter skills. Finishing with a points per game average of 15.86, Bayes managed to find a good balance of points production and playmaking for her teammates. In great company, Bayes proved to be a player deserving of selection into our tournament All-Star 5.
Tournament MVP – Chailee Ward
Whilst all 5 of the above had a significant impact on their team’s success, it was Ward who navigated her team to a gold medal. Starting as hot favourites, the Flames got everyone’s best effort in every matchup. Ward’s poise and confidence allowed the team to withstand those enthusiastic onslaughts, whilst finding a way to remain undefeated and finish as tournament champions in 2018. A player who has had experience in games of significant magnitude, Ward demonstrated her maturity in pressure situations with a great performance in the gold medal game. Chailee Ward is our selection as the 2018 tournament Most Valuable Player.