THERE were three games in the Women’s SBL on Saturday night with the Stirling Senators winning their first game of 2018 handing the Mandurah Magic their first loss while the Perth Redbacks and Lakeside Lightning kept their winning form going.
The Lightning are now the last remaining undefeated team in the Women’s SBL for 2018 following their Saturday night victory and with the Senators’ upset win over the Magic.
Round 5 of the Women’s SBL began on Friday night with two matches that saw the Mandurah Magic beat the Cockburn Cougars 73-69 and the Kalamunda Eastern Suns defeat the Perry Lakes Hawks 99-69.
Then on Saturday night, the Stirling Senators beat the Mandurah Magic 76-73, the Perth Redbacks defeat the East Perth Eagles 105-57 and the Lakeside Lightning down the South West Slammers 94-76.
The Saturday night action began at Eaton Recreation Centre with the Slammers trying to back up their first win of 2018 last Sunday against the Wolves up against the undefeated Lightning.
But Lakeside continued its impressive opening to the 2018 with another strong performance to end up winning by 18 points on the back of 40 points to 26 in the second half.
It was Lightning imports Sydnee Fipps and Ali Schwagmeyer who were dominant forces. Fipps had 25 points, four rebounds and two steals shooting 8/13 from the field with Schwagmeyer adding 25 points and 11 rebounds with 8/13 shooting.
Ash Grant also had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lightning with Courtney Green contributing 10 points and Jess Van Schie six to go with four assists and three rebounds.
Tori Fisher top-scored for the Slammers with the import big delivering 19 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Georgia Denehey added 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Slammers, Charlotte Van Kleef 13 points and four boards, and Courtney Bayliss 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The winless Senators then hosted the undefeated Magic on Saturday night at Warwick Stadium. The upset of the weekend took place with Stirling claiming the thrilling three-point win on the back of a dominant 22-point to 12 fourth quarter.
Amber Land was a dominant force inside for Stirling with Mandurah without Carly Boag and Bree Klasztorny. Land delivered 16 points, 15 rebounds and five assists on 7/14 shooting from the field.
Caitlyn Jones added 14 points and four rebounds for Stirling while Janee Johnson contributed 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Jasmine Martin eight points and three assists.
The Magic were a little down on manpower and had played well on Friday night to stay undefeated beating Cockburn.
Anita Brown still produced 28 points and eight rebounds for the Magic with Casey Mihovilovich adding 11 points and six rebounds, Kelly Bailey 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Emma Klasztorny eight points, four boards and four steals.
It was anything but close at Belmont Oasis with the Redbacks continuing their impressive run of form since an opening night loss to the Lightning, beating the winless Eagles by 48 points on Saturday night.
Kayla Standish was terrific for the Redbacks with 29 points and 15 rebounds on 11/19 shooting from the field.
Jess Hughes added 14 points for Perth with Makailah Dyer contributing 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, Mikayla Pirini 11 points, eight assists, six steals and four rebounds, and Jess Jakens 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
It was a tough night for East Perth with Akim Lual scoring 12 points with Eryn Fisher contributing 11 points, six rebounds and five assists, Brianna Fisher 11 points and three steals, and Cameron Flynn 10 points and four rebounds.
WEEK 5 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Mandurah Magic 73 defeated Cockburn Cougars 69
Kalamunda Eastern Suns 99 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 69
Stirling Senators 76 defeated Mandurah Magic 73
Perth Redbacks 105 defeated East Perth Eagles 57
South West Slammers 76 lost to Lakeside Lightning 94
East Perth Eagles v South West Slammers – Morley Sport and Recreation Centre 12.00pm
Lakeside Lightning v Rockingham Flames – Lakeside Recreation Centre 2.00pm