Springwood Scorchers under 16s women's team make history

The Springwood Scorchers under 16s women's representative team made history on Sunday, playing against Bankstown in the grand final of the Spalding Waratah Metro Junior League.

It's the first time a Springwood Basketball Association women's team has made a grand final in their 16-year history.

Bankstown made a lot of three point shots, giving them an early lead which Springwood fought tooth and nail to keep up with, but went down 39-46 at the siren.

"We all were very nervous but I know every one of us put in everything into that game," said co-captain Tara Aitchison.

"Although we were trailing we fought till the very end and lifted each other up which helped us close the point gap."

Although disappointed they didn't win, she said the team was even more determined to have a shot at the title next year.

"We are definitely disappointed with the result but proud that we even made it to the finals and now we know what finals are like we all hungry to come back next season and win," Tara said.

Before the grand final, Tara and her co-captain Elizabeth Senivatalala said the girls felt prepared to take on Bankstown.

"We'll be working on speed to be fast and aggressive," Tara said.

"I'm a bit nervous, but more excited than anything. We like making history," Elizabeth said.

They had been expecting to play St George Illawarra, who they'd gone toe to toe with all season, but St George were unexpectedly knocked out in the semi-finals.

Association president Deb Marsh said the result was great for raising the profile of female basketball participation in the Blue Mountains.

"We have been working really hard to get our girls program up and running," she said.

"The girls help to run programs. Making the grand final is a good boost for female participation, raising awareness that girls can play basketball too."

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