It seems that every time the Lady Cobras take on the Geelong Supercats, we are treated to a down-to-the-wire finish. And the most recent instalment between the two teams was no different, as the Cobras held on for a heart-stopping 73-67 victory on Sunday.
The Lady Cobras looked poised for a double-digit win on Sunday, leading 68-56 with three minutes remaining, but the Supercats caught fire for a 9-0 run to pull within three with 33 seconds left. But Jasmine Gill buried five clutch free throws to close out the game, and Kilsyth recorded a key stop to keep Geelong at bay, giving the Lady Cobras their third consecutive victory.
With Gill and Steph Blicavs combining for 21 first half points, the Lady Cobras were at their scintillating best in the first two quarters of play, opening up a 45-33 lead at the main break. And though they tightened up offensively in the second half, the Lady Cobras were able to lock in on the defensive end to hold on and top the Supercats in a rematch of last years East Conference championship game.
The loss also delivered a blow to Geelong’s postseason hopes while keeping the Cobras in the hunt for a top-two regular season finish, much to the delight of head coach Sam Woosnam.
“Overall we were very pleased with our win against Geelong,” Woosnam said.
“We always have some great games against them and this was no different. We are finally starting to gel as a team and our lapses are becoming shorter so there a lot of positive signs for us. “
Gill led Kilsyth with game-highs of 17 points and four steals, Blicavs finished with 13 points, young guards Taylor Lee and Chelsea D’Angelo provided a spark as they combined for 19 points, and Sarah Parsons and Hope Terdich made all the tough plays inside, with Parsons recording eight points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Terdich added six points and eight rebounds.
With their record now at 11-3, the Cobras find themselves a half-game behind Nunawading for second place in the league standings.
They’ll look to continue their hot form this Sunday in their regular season home finale as they take on the Albury-Wodonga Bandits for our Fan Appreciation Day SEABL Doubleheader (12pm/2pm). We’re letting all kids 12 and under enter FREE to both games on Sunday as a thank you for your tremendous support over the course of the season, with all the action tipping-off at 12pm with the Lady Cobras, followed by the Men at 2pm.
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