Lismore women Storm home by four points

ON THE BALL: Lismore Storm's Kiara Richardson scored 17 points to help beat Byron Bay Beez 65-61 last month.
ON THE BALL: Lismore Storm's Kiara Richardson scored 17 points to help beat Byron Bay Beez 65-61 last month. Supplied

LISMORE Storm's women's basketball team have been training hard to maintain their winning streak as they prepare to take on the Vikings when they play away at Grafton on Saturday.

After a bruising game where they beat the Byron Bay Beez in the Sunshine Conference Team 65-61, last month.

Storm senior player, Mikaela Pieniacki senior player said it was a full-on match.

"From tip-off to the final whistle we played quarter for quarter,” she said.

"The biggest gap we got was six points, we started with 11 players, six were fouled off and we ended up with five by the end.”

Pieniacki said they started off on a good run.

"Our defence was tight and our offence flowed really well allowing us to get ahead and as we approached half-time we were up by two,” she said.

"Leading into the third we were battered and bruised, but we weren't giving up.”

But she said the last few moments seemed endless as the Storm fought tooth and nail to keep their lead.

"We came through, but the last four minutes seemed to last forever after they got two three-pointers,” she said.

"I only played three minutes but the girls on court dug really deep, pushed ahead and we were so stoked to get to win.”

With their training only minimally impacted by the flooding, Pieniacki said the team is looking forward to the game against Grafton on Saturday afternoon.

She said they are confident but not arrogant about their chances, as top teams have been humiliated with losses to lesser-ranked teams before.

"They have a lot of younger players coming through and while they are one of the lower-ranked teams, we are not underestimating them at all,” she said.

"We played a exhibition match in Casino against them before the competition commenced and we beat by 20 points, but you can never tell.”

Topics:  byron bay beez lismore storm lismore vikings mikaela pieniacki women's basketball

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