Georgia Amoore shares in Australia’s Asian girls’ under-16 title

Ballarat rising basketball talent Georgia Amoore has helped Australia to the inaugural Asian girls’ under-16 championship title in India.

Georgia Amoore celebrates Australia's under-16 girls' Asian title. Picture: Basketball Australia

Georgia Amoore celebrates Australia's under-16 girls' Asian title. Picture: Basketball Australia

Amoore sunk a crucial three-pointer late in the final against Japan as the Sapphires claimed victory by the barest of margins, 61-60.

Japan led by as many as 13 points and it took a  29-19 second half by the Australians to get their hands on the trophy. 

Australia went through the tournament unbeaten - having the better of Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Hong Kong in the group phase, Hong Kong in a quarter final and China again in a semi-final.

Amoore was part of a strong Victorian presence in the team, joining Jade Melbourne, LT Poa, Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Gemma Potter, Olivia Pollerd and Eliza Hollingsworth.

Amoore saved her best to last in the championship, playing 26 minutes off the bench in the final.

She finished with 10 points at 40 percent from the field, four rebounds and two assists.

Amoore’s statistical summary in other games:

GROUP GAMES

Australia 61 d New Zealand 43

Amoore: 8 minutes, 39 seconds, 5 points (1 three-pointer), 2 rebounds, 3 assists

Australia 88 d Chinese Taipei 60

Amoore: 20:51, 18 points (2 three-pointers), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 7 steals

Australia 83 d South Korea 50

Amoore: 24:50, 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

QUARTER FINAL

Australia 123 d Hong Kong 29

Amoore: 13:40, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

SEMI-FINAL

Australia 86 d China 46

Amoore: 21:43, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

The Sapphires’ success earns them direct qualification for next year’s FIBA under-17 girls’ world championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Australian Sapphires

Australian Sapphires