Matilda Flood and Will Cranston-Lown impress for NSW Country

THEY may not have come home with a medal, but Bathurst basketballers Matilda Flood and Will Cranston-Lown certainly made an impact at the under 18 Australian Junior Championships.

Competing for NSW Country at Townsville in the eight-day tournament, Cranston-Lown’s outfit placed fourth while Flood and her team-mates ranked eighth.

It was NSW Metro who denied Cranston-Lown’s NSW Country outfit a podium finish, winning Saturday’s bronze medal play-off 93-72.

Though the Bathurst Goldminer tried hard – as evidenced by his 16 points, four rebounds and two assists – Metro was simply too good.

The city outfit led at every break, going on from a 17-point advantage at half-time to claim the bronze medal.

NSW Country ended up winning five of its eight games, with Cranston-Lown averaging 8.5 points, four rebounds and 3.6 assists per match.

He shot at 41.67 percent from the field, his best effort 22 points in a win over Western Australia Country.

Flood’s team also squared off against NSW Metro in their final match of the tournament on Saturday.

Despite being a bottom-age player, Flood was the standout for NSW Country as it fought hard but ultimately lost 60-51. She finished with eight points, 14 rebounds and four steals.

Country led by seven early on and though finishing with an 11-5 run, strong middle quarters from Metro proved the difference.

Across the tournament Flood amassed 45 points, 42 rebounds and 16 assists.

TOP EFFORT: Bathurst Goldminer Will Cranston-Lown placed fourth with NSW Country at the Australian Junior Championships. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT 030517cranston3

TOP EFFORT: Bathurst Goldminer Will Cranston-Lown placed fourth with NSW Country at the Australian Junior Championships. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT 030517cranston3