THE South West Slammers scored a solid Saturday night win in the Women’s SBL over the East Perth Eagles but it was the Kalamunda Eastern Suns who truly impressed beating the Rockingham Flames.
There were two matches in the Women’s SBL on Saturday night starting at Eaton Recreation Centre with the South West Slammers consolidating their position inside the top eight, beating the East Perth Eagles 67-58.
Then at Ray Owen Sports Centre, the Kalamunda Eastern Suns put an end to the five-game winning streak of the Rockingham Flames with a 94-80 victory ahead of their clash with the Stirling Senators at Warwick Stadium on Sunday.
The Round 14 action began back on Friday night with the Perry Lakes Hawks beating the Willetton Tigers 73-53, the Perth Redbacks defeating the Joondalup Wolves 86-60, the Lakeside Lightning downing the Cockburn Cougars 87-85 and the Rockingham Flames prevailing 75-63 over the Mandurah Magic.
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The Saturday night action in the Women’s SBL began at Eaton Recreation Centre with the Slammers hosting the Eagles.
East Perth had put in improved showings last weekend in losses to Kalamunda and Stirling, and then took it up to the Slammers on Saturday night in the first quarter.
But South West was able to open up a handy lead by half-time to be up 37-24 following a 21-9 second period.
The Slammers then extended their lead to 17 by three quarter-time but the Eagles continued to fight hard and finished strongly with 24 points to 16 in the fourth period to close the final margin to nine.
Exciting young guard Georgia Denehey had a big night for the Slammers with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists while shooting 8/11 from the field and 4/5 from three-point territory.
Tayah Burrows added 13 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds for the home team with Charlotte van Kleef contributing 12 points, 11 boards and three steals.
Co-captain Courtney Bayliss also finished with seven points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
East Perth captain Eryn Fisher top-scored with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
New Eagles import Ladondra Johnson had another 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks with Bree Fisher contributing 15 points, 11 boards, four steals and three assists.
Then at Ray Owen Sports Centre, Kalamunda did appear to have its work cut out hosting the second placed Rockingham with the Flames fresh off a fifth straight win beating the Magic at home by 12 points on Friday night.
Then Rockingham got rolling in the second quarter to take a 51-42 lead over Kalamunda heading into half-time.
But the Eastern Suns were able to turn things around impressively with a dominant second half outscoring the Flames 52-29 to come away with the supremely impressive 14-point win.
The result improves Kalamunda to a 10-7 record on the season to remain right in the top four hunt while Rockingham slips to 11-4.
Alex Ciabattoni threatened a triple-double for the Eastern Suns finishing the evening with 23 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals.
Jennie Rintala also finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Suns with Jorjah Smith contributing 14 points, three assists and three steals.
Hannah King also had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Suns, Jewel Williams 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Rebecca Motroni nine points, six boards, three assists and two steals.
Taneisha Harrison led the way for the Flames with 29 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals while nailing a simply stunning 8/11 from three-point territory.
D’Lesha Lloyd added 15 points and nine rebounds for Rockingham, Maddison Allen 14 points and six boards, and Ariana Hetherington nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
WEEK 14 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Perry Lakes Hawks 73 defeated Willetton Tigers 53
Perth Redbacks 86 defeated Joondalup Wolves 60
Lakeside Lightning 87 defeated Cockburn Cougars 85
Rockingham Flames 75 defeated Mandurah Magic 63
South West Slammers 67 defeated East Perth Eagles 58
Kalamunda Eastern Suns 94 defeated Rockingham Flames 80
Stirling Senators v Kalamunda Eastern Suns – Warwick Stadium 12.00pm