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Lightning duo top of their classes

MAC Adelaide Lightning pair Lauren Nicholson and Chelsea Brook have “scooped the pool” respectively, winning MVP of the SEABL women’s competition and the Halls Medal of SA’s Premier League.

It means two members of Chris Lucas’ roster have won the highest individual accolade available in their respective competitions.

Nicholson, 25 and a 183cm off-guard/small forward, rocked the SEABL in her second season with Launceston Tornadoes, leading the league averaging 25 points per game at 56.2 percent while also grabbing 8.8 rebounds.

A 3-2-1 voting system used by referees and coaches after each game of the regular season saw Nicholson, in her first season as Launceston captain, finish with 122 votes as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Nicholson (pictured) also was selected in the All-SEABL First Team, joining Nadeen Payne of Bendigo Braves, Diamond Valley Eagles’ Lauren Scherf, Marena Whittle (Nunawading Spectres) and Kelly Wilson of Bendigo Braves.

Brook, who turns 20 next Sunday, played the 4-5 role at Sturt Sabres in SA’s Premier League and delivered 17.2 points per game at 45 percent, and 11.3 rebounds, utilising her 188cm height to advantage.

She also was named in the Premier League’s All Star Five, with Leah Metcalf of North Adelaide Rockets, Carmen Tyson-Thomas of Eastern Mavericks, Samantha Simons from Forestville Eagles and Olivia Thompson of Forestville Eagles.

Referees vote on a 3-2-1 basis after each Premier League match to determine the Halls Medallist as SA's fairest and most brilliant player.

“Lauren has absolutely excelled,” Lucas said of Nicholson’s year.

“I’m quite proud of her to be honest. We identified a couple of areas she needed to improve on after the WNBL season and she has gone out and done that.

“It is a fantastic achievement.”

Brook is part of a Lightning frontcourt which includes imports Nia Coffey and Kayla Alexander, and American-born Colleen Planeta.

“In Chelsea’s case, she has reaped the rewards for her hard work,” Lucas said.

“Now she has to challenge herself to go to the next level.”

BUBBLY BROOK: Chelsea Brook at last night's Halls Medal presentation with SA icon Brett Maher.

Jul 23

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