Exies Acmy have broken a 21 year Championship Season drought when they defeated Celtic Tigers Green by 6 points in overtime to clinch top honours in the Basketball Ballarat A Women competition.
Over 150 people witnessed a thrilling game that came down to the wire for 40 minutes of play. It was sent into overtime when Kym Cassells fouled Kasey Burton on a drive with 2 seconds left. Burton needed to make both to win the game for Exies but missed the first. She gathered her composure and knocked down second free throw.
Celtic had 2 seconds to make something happen but Ryleigh Haire who was heavily defended couldn’t get a shot up in time and viewers were set for overtime.
Exies Acmy came out strong in the first minute of overtime getting three quick buckets to push their lead to 6. This caused enough problems to ensure Celtic couldn’t catch up.
Kasey Burton led all players with 30 points for the night whilst Jane Douglas and Olivia Jones finished with 9 and 8 points respectively.
The Celtic Tigers were lead well by Prue Scott who gave her side a team high 13 points and wasn’t alone with Claire Constable and Ryleigh Haire both adding 10 valuable points to the Celtic total.
Jane Douglass was awarded the Dawn Jose MVP medal for best on court.