Jordan surprised as her Gladstone side powers to state title
WHEN Hervey Bay basketballer Mia Jordan lined up for Gladstone Port City Power she did not expect to come home with a state championship.
The 12-year-old forward was looking forward to a fun week alongside her bubbly Basketball Queensland under-14 girls state championship teammates in Cairns.
"It feels good, I'm very surprised we won," Mia said.
"The team we played in the grand final, they smashed us in the pool games."
Southern Districts Trojans White belted Gladstone 70-41 when they met in the Power's third Pool B game.
The Power crushed Sunshine Coast Phoenix and Mulgrave Magic in their two opening games, but the Trojans brought the Power crashing back to earth.
Wins against Mackay Commettes (82-37) and Logan Storm (53-43) set up a second chance at the Trojans, only this time championship gold was on the line.
"I think we just tried harder and put more effort into it," Mia said.
"Winning that last game (was Mia's favourite moment of the competition)."
The Jordans will travel home to Hervey Bay from Cairns this weekend with Mia's next assignment the Wide Bay School Sport trials in Maryborough next week.
Fellow Hervey Bay Hurricane Ben Elliott played for the Mackay Meteors in the U14 Division 1 state championships in Brisbane.
The Meteors reached the bronze medal game but fell 65-51 to Southern Districts Spartans.