Unlike most other sports in Victoria, basketballers had no care about the rain.
Taking to the courts in stadiums across the region, the Shepparton Basketball Association’s 42nd annual junior tournament continued to thrive.
The Shepparton Gators’ under-14 girls’ side was expected to fire and made sure it lived up to the reputation that preceded it.
The unstoppable side won all five of its pool matches, as no team could match its might in the A-grade matches.
Wodonga Wolves presented the biggest test, but the Gators kept their cool to win 29-24.
A consistent effort from across the team was key as Eliza Bicknell and Isabel Whitelaw top scored with seven points each, while Hannah Onley chimed in with six.
The Gators were responsible for comprehensively accounting for Mildura, Bendigo, Echuca and Korumburra as they hit top form before the under-14 girls club championships are held in Shepparton next year.
Shepparton Gators’ under-14 boys’ side had mixed results across the group stages as it tackled teams from across the state.
A 19-point demolishing of Bendigo Braves was the side’s biggest win as Matt Whitlock and Jordan Munro put in superb efforts to each score nine points during the shortened game.
The under-14s fought out a closer victory against Korumburra Wildcats with the Gators taking the match 29-20.