SALE basketballers made their mark at the Victorian country under 14 championships, with the boys and girls teams both finishing in the top 10.
Sale girls finished fourth and Sale boys finished 10th after playing off in the division two grand final.
Maffra girls qualified for division two and finished 15th, while Maffra’s boys finished 17th after winning the division three grand final.
Sale Sonics girls made it through the first two days undefeated, beating traditionally strong clubs Shepparton and Ballarat as well as Echuca, Leongatha, and Yarrawonga-Mulwala. Defeating Macedon in the play-off for top four was a hard-fought contest, and took its toll in the next final.
Sale played against a tall and strong Southern Peninsula in the semi-final and stuck with its opponent until half-time, when scores were level.
At the final siren, Sale girls ended up losing by 17.
The Sale boys also performed well at the most prestigious country tournament of the calendar.
Sale went undefeated through to the division two grand final and despite gaining an early lead, the boys went down by seven points to Colac, the team the Sonics had defeated a day earlier.
Sale girls coach Jo Crawford-Wynd said she was pleased with the girls’ efforts.
“We played well all weekend and to finish top four this year was a great result for us,” she said.
“The highlight was our one-point over Ballarat. Ballarat went into the tournament ranked number one and it was a top effort for our girls to take out that game out and secure an easier road to the top four.”
Coach Joel Fraser said he too was proud of the Sale boys’ efforts.
“We came up against some very tall and strong opponents,” he said.
“The boys have improved enormously throughout the season and deserved to finish in the top 10 rankings.”