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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Kilsyth Lady Cobras have swept their weekend doubleheader with a pair of impressive victories over Nunawading and Geelong.

Travelling to Nunawading on Friday night, the Lady Cobras made light work of the Spectres, riding a dominant performance from import Angela Beadle to win, 68-51.

Beadle was unstoppable on the low block, going an efficient 11-18 from the field en-route to a game-high 26 points, and teamed-up with guard Chantella Perera to dominate Nunawading over the final 20 minutes of action. Perera scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half of Friday’s game, with her and Beadle combining to outscore the entire Spectres roster, 24-21, over the final two quarters of play.

With scores tied at the half, the Lady Cobras erupted with a 19-5 run after intermission to take control of the contest. The Spectres would close to within seven points early in the fourth quarter, but Kilsyth responded with a key 11-1 run to push their lead up to 62-45, sealing the game midway through the final period.

Friday night’s game was eerily similar to the last time these teams met at Nunawading, with both outings a defensive slugfest throughout before the Lady Cobras finally got going offensively late to cruise to big victories. Kilsyth held the Spectres to just 8-25 shooting from the field while forcing nine turnovers in the second half on Friday, displaying the kind of defensive dominance that has made them one of the SEABL’s best defensive teams over the past two seasons.

While the Lady Cobras were impressive on Friday night, they were just as good on Saturday, defeating Geelong, 79-64, in their 2017 home debut.

For the second straight evening, the Lady Cobras pulled away late with a dominant second half performance, thanks large in part to the play of their captain, Jordyn O’Shea. Kilsyth’s floor general made big play after big play in crunch time, keeping the Supercats at bay with an array of circus shots and beautiful passes.

With their lead trimmed to 59-55 with seven minutes remaining, O’Shea beat the shot clock with an off balance, contested runner from just inside to three point line to boost the lead to six. After Maddie Garrick scored on a jumper in transition, O’Shea was at it again, beating the shot clock once more as she flicked in an off-balanced, one-handed push shot from her hip as she was falling into the Geelong bench to give the Lady Cobras an 11 point lead with four minutes remaining.

The Supercats fired back to close to within 68-61, but O’Shea responded again with a short corner basket - this time coming in the form of a conventional jump shot - and set up Beadle for a layup off a pretty no-look feed on Kilsyth’s next possession to seal the game.

O’Shea’s late game heroics saw her finish with 15 points and five rebounds; her best performance in the early going of 2017. Beadle was a force down low yet again, scoring a game-high 24 points and pulling down nine rebounds, Perera capped an outstanding weekend with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Garrick battled through a broken toe to finish with 15 points and eight rebounds in the win.

The Lady Cobras shot 49% from the field for the game and went 14-15 from the charity stripe, whilst holding Geelong to just 36% shooting in an efficient two-way performance. With a difficult road-heavy schedule to start the season out of the way, Kilsyth’s record sits at an impressive 4-1, good for second in the East Conference.

The Lady Cobras will enjoy the Easter weekend off, with their next game set for April 22 at home as they get set for a rematch with Nunawading. The Cobras-Spectres showdown is also our Junior Domestic Night, with all Junior Domestic players who wear their team gear receiving FREE ENTRY to both the Women’s and Men’s games.