THE league-leading Perry Lakes Hawks maintained its place on top of the Women’s SBL beating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns in Northam on Saturday while the Rockingham Flames ended its losing run at the expense of the East Perth Eagles.
Northam hosted its first ever SBL game on Saturday afternoon and in the Women’s contest that saw the Perry Lakes Hawks defeat the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 84-67.
Then on Saturday night at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre, the Rockingham Flames beat the East Perth Eagles 65-59.
Friday night’s games saw the Joondalup City Wolves beat the Perth Redbacks 65-58 at Belmont Oasis with the South West Slammers beating the Willetton Tigers 89-78 and the Lakeside Lightning defeating the Stirling Senators 88-76.
The Saturday action in Week 17 of the Women’s SBL began at the Northam Recreation Centre with the league-leading Perry Lakes hosting a Kalamunda team fighting for its playoff life.
It was a tight first half and the Eastern Suns managed to hold a one-point advantage at half-time having earlier led by as much as eight points.
But the Lady Hawks got going in the third quarter and they piled on 30 points to 15 to set up the eventual 17-point victory.
The win improves Perry Lakes to 18-1 on the season to remain ahead of the 17-2 Mandurah Magic while owning the series split over them. The loss is a blow to Kalamunda’s finals hopes with the Suns slipping to 5-14 in 10th position.
The biggest key to Perry Lakes’ performance was the fact that they had so many contributors with eight players scoring six points or more and playing at least 12 minutes.
Rising star Mia Satie ended up top-scoring off the bench playing almost 31 minutes and delivering 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals on the back of shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 at the foul line.
Sarah Donovan continued her standout form for the Lady Hawks with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists with Kate Anthony contributing 12 points and Nat Burton 11 to go with six rebounds.
Lauren Jeffers added 10 points, five assists and four steals for Perry Lakes, Gabby O’Sullivan 10 points and nine assists, Annika Renkema six points and Emily Burton six.
Jennie Rintala top-scored for the Eastern Suns with 16 points to go with six rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Devanny King added 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Suns with Jewel Williams contributing 11 points.
The only Saturday night Women’s SBL game took place at Morley Sport and Recreation and it was a battle of the bottom two teams with the Eagles hosting the Flames.
A win for East Perth could have given them hope of avoiding the wooden spoon with Rockingham entering the contest on a 10-game losing run. The Flames’ last win came against East Perth at home and it was again the case on Saturday night.
Rockingham managed to come away with the six-point win largely on the back of a strong first quarter with East Perth not managing to lead again after being three points up early on.
The win snaps the 10-game losing run for the Flames for their fifth win of 2017 with the Eagles now set to finish last with just the two victories.
Chastity Reed put in a strong performance for Rockingham finishing with 29 points and eight rebounds.
Dena English contributed 18 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Flames while Ariana Hetherington added six points, four boards, two assists and two steals.
Bree Fisher did all she could for the Eagles finishing with 21 points, three rebounds and two steals including hitting 5-of-7 from three-point territory. But she was the only Eagles player to score in double-figures.
Kaylee Kilpatrick battled hard with seven points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
Then there are another two games on Sunday with the Perth Redbacks facing the Stirling Senators and the Lakeside Lightning taking on the South West Slammers.
FRIDAY NIGHT ROUND 17 WOMEN’S SBL RESULTS
Perth Redbacks 58 lost to Joondalup City Wolves 65
South West Slammers 89 defeated Willetton Tigers 78
Stirling Senators 76 lost to Lakeside Lightning 88
SATURDAY NIGHT ROUND 17 WOMEN’S SBL RESULTS
Perry Lakes Hawks 84 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 67
East Perth Eagles 59 lost to Rockingham Flames 65
SUNDAY ROUND 17 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Perth Redbacks v Stirling Senators – Belmont Oasis 12pm
Lakeside Lightning v South West Slammers – Lakeside Recreation Centre 3pm
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