THERE were two games on Friday night to open Round 2 of the 2018 Women’s SBL season and that saw emphatic wins for the Perry Lakes Hawks and Perth Redbacks against the East Perth Eagles and Kalamunda Eastern Suns.
The two Friday night’s Women’s SBL matches saw the Perry Lakes Hawks beat the East Perth Eagles 84-56 at Bendat Basketball Centre. The Perth Redbacks defeated the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 111-73 at Belmont Oasis.
Starting at Bendat Basketball Centre, the defending champion Lady Hawks did well to bounce back from their season-opening loss to the Mandurah Magic to beat the Eagles by 28 points on their home floor.
East Perth actually started well to lead by a point at quarter-time, but Perry Lakes worked on top with a 30-point second period to end up winning by 28 on the back of a 35-point to 25 second half.
Last year’s Grand Final MVP Toni Farnworth starred for the Lady Hawks with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals on 4/9 shooting from beyond the arc.
Emma Clarke added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Perry Lakes, Emily Burton eight points and seven boards, Lauren Jeffers eight points, Maddison Hooper seven and Samantha Ashby seven.
Cameron Flynn top-scored for the Eagles with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Stacey Barr added 12 points and Eryn Fisher 12 along with nine rebounds.
Then at Belmont Oasis, it was a remarkable offensive explosion from the Redbacks as they scored their first victory of 2018 under new coach Charles Nix to end up beating the Eastern Suns by 38 points.
The Suns stuck with the Redbacks in the opening quarter with Perth only leading 31-28 by quarter-time.
But Kalamunda couldn’t go with them with the Redbacks piling on 26 points to 20 in the second quarter, 26 to 17 in the third and finally 28 to eight in the fourth to pile on 111 points and win by 38.
Perth Lynx WNBL star Kayla Standish was the standout for the Redbacks ending the night with 32 points, 11 rebounds and four steals on the back of shooting 13/18 from the floor and 4/5 from long range.
Jess Jakens added 22 points and nine rebounds for Perth, Makailah Dyer 14 points and Mikayla Pirini 11 to go with eight assists and four rebounds.
The Eastern Suns couldn’t quite back up Sunday’s win over the Slammers despite Alex Ciabattoni delivering another 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Rebecca Motroni also had 17 points and four assists, Alecia Knowles 12 points and Jewel Williams 10.
WEEK 2 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Perry Lakes Hawks 84 defeated East Perth Eagles 56
Perth Redbacks 111 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 73
South West Slammers v Mandurah Magic – Eaton Recreation Centre 6.00pm
Lakeside Lightning v Perry Lakes Hawks – Lakeside Recreation Centre 6.00pm
Kalamunda Eastern Suns v Joondalup Wolves – Ray Owen Sports Centre 6.30pm
Stirling Senators v Willetton Tigers – Warwick Stadium 12.00pm