TEN of the 12 Women’s SBL teams were in action on Saturday night with wins for the Perry Lakes Hawks, Mandurah Magic, Lakeside Lightning, Rockingham Flames and Willetton Tigers.
Round 11 in the Women’s SBL began on Friday night with the Perry Lakes Hawks defeating the Joondalup Wolves 67-55, the Rockingham Flames beating the Willetton Tigers 75-60 and the Perth Redbacks prevailing 82-60 against the Stirling Senators.
There were then five matches on Saturday night starting with the Perry Lakes making it two wins for the round beating the Perth Redbacks 75-58.
The Mandurah Magic also beat the Joondalup Wolves 68-66, the Lakeside Lightning defeated the Cockburn Cougars 100-89, the Rockingham Flames downed the East Perth Eagles 94-63 and the Willetton Tigers beat the Stirling Senators 82-76.
All five matches in the Women’s SBL on Saturday night had plenty at stake including at Belmont Oasis with the Redbacks trying to bounce back without Kayla Standish up against the defending champion Perry Lakes who had won its second game of 2018 just 24 hours earlier.
The Lady Hawks ended up being on top for most of the game showing they are now building some form as they backed up Friday’s win over the Wolves by beating the Redbacks by 17 points on the back of a 20-point to 12 fourth quarter against the Redbacks.
Nat Burton delivered another standout performance for the Hawks taking full advantage of the absence of Standish for the Redbacks. Burton ended the night with 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots on shooting 8/14 from the field.
Lauren Jeffers added 18 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals for Perry Lakes shooting 4/8 from the floor and 9/11 at the foul line.
Toni Farnworth also had 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals, and Gabby O’Sullivan eight points and three steals.
Perry Lakes coach Deanna Smith is happy to get a couple of wins on the board as their 2018 season finally picks up some momentum.
“Obviously this weekend it’s nice to get a couple of wins under my belt and hopefully we can continue to build on what we’ve produced this weekend now,” Smith said.
“It’s been a bit of a struggle to start the season but we got some very valuable minutes into our girls early and now we’ve got the full group together, we’re hoping to build some consistency and flow heading towards the back end of the season.”
Bianca Donovan top-scored off the bench for the Redbacks with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Makailah Dyer added 13 points and three rebounds for Perth, Mikayla Pirini 11 points and Jess Jakens eight points.
Two teams who have been strong in the Women’s SBL in recent years but going through a rough trot in recent weeks then took part in a thriller at HBF Arena with the Wolves hosting the Magic.
The contest ended up going to overtime with the Magic prevailing by two points on the back of new import big Regina Palusna hitting the game winner in the extra period.
That improved Mandurah to a 7-4 record on the season while Joondalup slipped to 4-9 in 10th position.
Anita Brown delivered a big performance for the Magic with 30 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Regina Palusna finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Morgan Ballantyne contributed seven points and three boards with the Magic missing Casey Mihovilovich and Rachel Halleen with Carly Boag already out for the season with a knee injury.
Chelsea Belcher top-scored for the Lady Wolfpack with 18 points and four rebounds with Kourteney Zadina adding 14 points and five boards, Olivia Basso 10 points and Amy Kidner eight points. Ellyce Ironmonger had 11 rebounds and four assists.
The Cougars then hosted the league-leading Lightning at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday night with Cockburn taking it right up to them leading 23-21 at quarter-time.
But Lakeside worked its way on top in the second period to lead 49-45 at half-time. Things were still tight heading into the fourth period, but the Lightning pulled away to win by 11 points and advance to an 11-1 record with the Cougars now 4-8 following the defeat.
Sydnee Fipps delivered a monster showing for Lakeside finishing the night with 35 points, four rebounds and three assists on shooting 11/16 from the field, 4/7 from three-point territory and 9/9 from the foul line.
Ash Grant added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Lightning, Ali Schwagmeyer 16 points, seven boards, four assists and two steals, and Courtney Byrnes 11 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Kisha Lee did all she could to give the Cougars a chance of the upset win finishing with 29 points and eight rebounds on 5/8 shooting from downtown.
BJ Moyes contributed 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals for Cockburn, Matilda Muir 14 points and five boards, and Isabelle Miotti 12 points, five assists and three rebounds.
Rockingham took some ominous form with it to Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on Saturday night after beating Willetton at home the previous night meaning the winless Eagles had the job ahead of them.
The Flames put up 30 points in the first quarter to be up by 12 at quarter-time but the Eagles delivered an impressive second quarter to be only nine points down at the break.
The Flames pulled away in the second half to outscore the Eagles 45-23 and win by 31 points. The win improved Rockingham to 9-3 in second place and while East Perth fell to 0-13, it wasn’t a performance without some positivity.
Taneisha Harrison top-scored for the Flames with 23 points, three rebounds and two assists on the back of hitting 5/8 from three-point territory.
D’Lesha Lloyd added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Rockingham with Jacinta Bourne contributing 15 points, five assists, four boards and three steals, Maddison Allen 13 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists, and Ella Kennedy nine points.
Eryn Fisher battled away for East Perth with 21 points, five rebounds and two assists while Cameron Flynn added 11 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Bree Fisher shook off hurting a shoulder last week for 11 points.
Willetton had the task of trying to bounce back from losing to Rockingham on Friday night hosting Stirling at Willetton Basketball Stadium on Saturday with the Senators also coming off a 22-point defeat at home to the Redbacks.
The Tigers started strongly leading 27-19 by quarter-time and then after the Senators clawed back into the contest, Willetton pulled away in the fourth period with 30 points to 19 to claim the six-point win and improve to a 9-3 record. The Senators slipped to 5-8.
Carla Drennan had a big performance off the bench for Willetton with 20 points, four rebounds and two steals on the back of shooting 8/14 from the field and 2/5 from deep.
Ashli Payne also had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers, Sam Norwood 13 points, five boards and three assists, Desiree Kelley eight points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Ajay Johnson eight points and two steals.
Janee Johnson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for Stirling with Amber Land contributing 17 points and eight boards, Jasmine Martin 16 points and five rebounds, and Hannah Throns 11 points, five boards and five assists.
WEEK 11 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Perry Lakes Hawks 67 defeated Joondalup Wolves 55
Rockingham Flames 75 defeated Willetton Tigers 60
Stirling Senators 60 lost to Perth Redbacks 82
Perth Redbacks 58 lost to Perry Lakes Hawks 75
Joondalup Wolves 66 lost to Mandurah Magic 68
East Perth Eagles 63 lost to Rockingham Flames 94
Cockburn Cougars 89 lost to Lakeside Lightning 100
Willetton Tigers 82 defeated Stirling Senators 76