NBL1 guard Leah Bartlett is using her off-season to help Warrnambool Mermaids' quest for a Country Basketball League title.
The Garvoc-raised teenager is playing in the summer competition during her university break.
Bartlett, 19, suited up for Hobart Chargers in the NBL1 earlier this year after moving to Tasmania to study medicine.
She plans to return to the Chargers' fold in February when she flies back to the Apple Isle.
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"I love all the girls from Warrnambool, I have some really close friends from there," Bartlett said.
"This year there's a lot of younger ones and they played in the (Big V) season so it's exciting to play with some new faces as well."
Bartlett said she relished the chance to play for Hobart in the NBL1 - the tier below the WNBL - and travel like a professional player.
"It is good playing against some WNBL players and some (Australian) Opals," she said.
"It involves quite a lot of travel. Every third weekend we fly from Hobart to Melbourne and have a double-header.
"This season we even had a triple-header. We went up in played in Wodonga and came back to Melbourne."
She said had to juggle her study commitments with a jam-packed basketball schedule.
"I was on the plane with my laptop open and everyone was saying 'what are you doing studying?'," she laughed.
"I said I had to otherwise I'd get too far behind."
The Mermaids host Horsham Hornets at the Arc on Saturday night. Tip-off is 7.30pm.
They will travel to face Surfcoast Chargers on Sunday.
Warrnambool Seahawks will play Horsham Hornets at 5.30pm Saturday before travelling on Sunday.
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