Slam dunk for Silkstone at basketball championships

SILKSTONE State School basketball teams recently won the Ipswich Primary School championships in every age group - senior boys, junior boys, senior girls and junior girls.

Official Calvin Hegvold said it was the first time any school had made a clean sweep of all titles in 13 years the competition has been running.

The Ipswich Primary School Basketball competition is the biggest of its kind in Queensland with 65 teams from schools throughout Ipswich competing each week.

In the junior girls' grand final, Silkstone defeated Mt Crosby 40-4.

It was Mt Crosby's first loss of the year after making the grand final undefeated with a close semi-final victory over Ipswich Girls' Grammar.

The Silkstone girls were relentless in defence, stifling the Mt Crosby attack and using their effective passing game to rack up points. Skye Molkentien top scored with 14 in a dominant team effort.

In the senior girls' grand final, Silkstone defeated Raceview 30-18.

Raceview took an early lead with Levani Taito (eight points) showing her class.

Solid Silkstone defence caused the points to start drying up for the Raceview girls and Silkstone hit the lead about halfway through the game with some fine passing finding some open shots.

Ainslee Heuston was brilliant for Silkstone at both ends of the court, with numerous blocks, steals, and a game-high 20 points.

In the junior boys' grand final, Silkstone defeated Ipswich Grammar 28-0.

The Silkstone boys were too slick for a gallant Ipswich Grammar outfit, showcasing their skills and impressive teamwork at the offensive end, and backing it up with a total shutout in defence.

Silkstone's first-year player Riley Aufai towered over the opposition in height and on the scoreboard. His game-high 11 points showed that he can be a dominant force in Ipswich basketball for years to come.

In the senior boys' grand final, Silkstone defeated Mt Crosby 24-8.

Mt Crosby went into the grand final undefeated and conceding less than 10 points per game, with an impressive semi-final win over Ipswich Grammar under their belts.

Hard defence and a disciplined attack set up the win for Silkstone.

Jarrett Hepehi-Karini was almost unstoppable, scoring a game-high 14 points in a great team performance.

Topics:  ipswich junior sport, ipswich primary school, silkstone state school



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