THE Queanbeyan Yowies basketball team will enter a two week break first in Pool B of the NSW Waratah State League after taking three wins from their opening four games despite a frequent run of injuries.
Despite only being able to take a bare minimum seven players to Sydney last weekend where they took on Ryde, the women were able to restrict their opponents to just 38 points in a 25 point win.
Head coach Penny Toledo-Ocampo was forced to put on the boots and hit up the court with the girls too, with both skipper Belinda Kirk and Katie Hancock out for at least three weeks after sustaining ankle injuries in the sides 20 point win over Goulburn a fortnight ago.
Former captain and senior player Kristen Langhorn was also unavailable due to commitments with the Canberra Capitals Academy side in the South East Australian Basketball League competition.
But consistent results have built a great confidence in the team according to senior player and assistant coach Emma Anderson.
"We've had injuries left right and centre, hence why we're down to a few players, but some of our juniors are stepping up and hopefully we'll be able to sustain our intensity in defence of late," she said.
Juniors in Rebecca Lee and May Grant graced the court against Ryde and performed like well, with Grant amassing seven points in her first showing.
Anderson said every player in the squad had stepped up in performing their roles, and backed them to continue showing depth in filling in for injured players.
"It's really important to deal with that in lacking a bit of confidence because of the lack of experience that's been on the court with these injuries," she said.
"They've stepped up because they've had no choice, so our depth has really shown."
Meanwhile the Men's Yowies side is also in good shape, suffering just the one loss before last weekend's bye to sit second in Pool B of the Men's State League.