The Kilsyth Lady Cobras have bounced back from their first loss of 2018 with an emphatic 79-55 win over Dandenong on Junior Domestic Night.


The Lady Cobras rode an explosive second quarter, a vintage performance from Steph Blicavs and huge bench production as they topped the team that defeated them in back-to-back SEABL championship games.


Once again hampered by a slow start, the Lady Cobras managed just two points over the opening seven minutes of the game as they looked in danger of losing their second straight game at home. But Blicavs kept Kilsyth close as she finished the quarter with a flurry, scoring 10 points in the final three minutes of the period to put the Cobras ahead, 13-12.


The Lady Cobras found their groove in the second period, with reserve Alison Downie catching fire from deep to spark a game-breaking run. Downie scored 11 points during a 19-3 spurt by the Lady Cobras, helping Kilsyth build a 15 point halftime lead they would not relinquish.


Following 31 point second quarter, the Lady Cobras went cold after halftime, but their defence held strong as they kept Dandenong to just six points in the third period to open up a 53-35 lead heading in the final stanza. Reserves Downie, Rosie Moult and Jasmine Gill buried the Rangers to start the fourth quarter – combining for Kilsyth’s first 14 points of the period – to blow the game wide open as the Lady Cobras cruised to their fourth win of the season.


Blicavs led Kilsyth with a game-high 19 points – on 7-11 shooting – and added five rebounds and four assists in an impressive all-around performance. Fellow starter Chelsea D’Angelo continued her strong start to 2018, finishing with 11 points and several spectacular finishes around the rim, while Downie, Gill and Moult sparked a huge performance from the second unit, combining for 30 points off the bench.


The Lady Cobras record now stands at 4-1, good for third in the league standings. They’ll look to build on their impressive Round 4 victory when they take on the Sydney Uni Sparks on Sunday, with tip-off scheduled for 12pm.