THE Rockingham Flames have geared up for another tilt at the Women’s SBL championship in 2018 ending their regular season with a 14-point win against the Cockburn Cougars on Friday night.
There was just the one game in the Women’s SBL on Friday night to open the final round of the 2018 regular season and that took place at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.
On the back of holding Cockburn to just seven points in the second quarter and heading into half-time leading 41-31, the Flames went on to score the 74-60 victory to gear up for their playoff campaign as the season came to an end for the Cougars.
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It was a big night in Rockingham at Mike Barnett Sports Complex in the final game of the regular season with the Flames hosting Mental Health Round in a bid to raise awareness and promote greater resources that are required to support the mental health prevention field.
That was done in conjunction with Greg Hire’s A Stitch in Time charity and it set the stage for a big way for the Flames and Cougars to close the regular season in the standalone Friday night fixture.
Cockburn was looking to end its season on a high with playoffs out of the picture and the Cougars came out and started promisingly leading by four points by quarter-time.
Rockingham closed them down in the second quarter, though, holding Cockburn to just seven points while scoring 21 themselves to head into the main break with a 41-31 advantage.
It was more of the same in the third period with the Flames scoring 18 points to 11 before ending up winning by 14 points despite the absence of Jacinta Bourne and Taneisha Harrison.
It was a tough shooting night for the Flames who went 1/18 from beyond the three-point arc and 30/72 from the floor overall at 41 per cent, but they did dominate the glass with 55 rebounds to 47 and those extra possessions off 18 offensive made the difference.
The Flames still finish the regular season in third position following the win with a 16-6 record ahead of a likely quarter-final match up with the Grand Finalists of 2017, the Mandurah Magic.
The Cougars finish their season with a 6-16 record but there was plenty there for coach Megan Thompson to build on moving forward if she does remain at the helm in 2019.
D’Lesha Lloyd delivered a strong performance for Rockingham finishing the night with 30 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists on the back of shooting 13/23 from the field and a perfect 4/4 from the foul line.
Maddie Allen added 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Flames with Ella Kennedy contributing seven points and seven boards, and Chelsea Armstrong five points, two rebounds and two assists.
Kisha Lee finished a strong first season with Cockburn ending the night with 20 points and 11 rebounds on shooting 7/13 from the field and 4/7 from beyond the arc.
BJ Moyes added 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Cougars with Isabelle Miotti contributing eight points and four boards, and Vanessa Michael six points, five rebounds and three assists.
Nicole Roberts also hit the floor for the 271st time in the Women’s SBL for the Cougars to surpass the 270 appearances made by Fleur McIntyre.
WEEK 20 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Rockingham Flames 74 defeated Cockburn Cougars 60
South West Slammers v Kalamunda Eastern Suns – Eaton Recreation Centre 6.00pm
East Perth Eagles v Perth Redbacks – Morley Sport and Recreation Centre 6.00pm
Mandurah Magic v Joondalup Wolves – Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre 6.00pm
Stirling Senators v Perry Lakes Hawks – Warwick Stadium 6.00pm