THE two Women’s SBL matches as part of Round 4 on Saturday night saw commanding wins for recent powerhouses the Rockingham Flames and Joondalup Wolves against the Perry Lakes Hawks and Stirling Senators.
Round 4 of the Women’s SBL began on Friday night with the Perth Redbacks beating the Cockburn Cougars at Belmont Oasis and the Lakeside Lightning defeating the Kalamunda Eastern Suns at Lakeside Recreation Centre.
Then there were two more clashes on Saturday night with the Rockingham Flames beating the Perry Lakes Hawks 86-61 and the Joondalup Wolves defeating the Stirling Senators 72-56.
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Stirling hosted Joondalup at Warwick Stadium on Saturday in Round 4 of the Women’s SBL with the Senators searching for their first win of 2018, but it wasn’t to be.
The Lady Wolfpack led by four points at quarter-time and then pulled away through the second half topped off by a 24-15 fourth period to end up winning by 16 points.
Chelsea Belcher finished up top-scoring for the Wolves with 16 points and three rebounds including hitting two of her three attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
Nikita Martin added 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists for Joondalup with Amy Kidner contributing 10 points and four rebounds, Ellyce Ironmonger seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Shani Amos six points, seven boards, five assists and three steals.
Janee Johnson top-scored for the Senators with 13 points and 11 rebounds with Amber Land adding 11 points and eight boards, and Vondella Berringal-Cox 11 points and eight rebounds.
The other Saturday night Women’s SBL fixture saw the 2017 champion Perry Lakes host the 2014 and 2015 title winners from Rockingham at Bendat Basketball Centre.
But without Nat Burton and Toni Edmondson, the Lady Hawks were no match for Rockingham with the Flames possessing too much depth and firepower even without their two imports to win by 25 points.
Townsville Fire WNBL star Darcee Garbin led the way for Rockingham with 22 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals on shooting 8/13 from the field and 3/4 from downtown.
Jacinta Bourne added 20 points, three assists and three steals for the Flames while Ariana Hetherington contributed 11 points and four rebounds, and Maddison Allen 11 points, nine boards and three blocked shots.
Maddison Hooper top-scored for Perry Lakes with 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes of court time off the bench.
Emma Clarke added nine points and three rebounds for the Lady Hawks, Danika Pisconeri eight points, eight boards and three assists, Kate Anthony seven points, Lauren Jeffers seven points, and Annika Renkema six points and six rebounds.
WEEK 4 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Perth Redbacks 74 defeated Cockburn Cougars 69
Lakeside Lightning 97 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 78
Perry Lakes Hawks 61 lost to Rockingham Flames 86
Stirling Senators 56 lost to Joondalup Wolves 72
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