The Kilsyth Lady Cobras have wrapped up the SEABL’s #2 seed to secure a first round home playoff game following a dominant 96-73 road victory over the Albury-Wodonga Bandits on Saturday night.
The Lady Cobras were in control from start to finish, never trailing in this one as they strung together one of their most efficient offensive performances of the 2018 season. Just as they did the week prior at Frankston, Sam Woosnam’s team set-up Saturday’s blowout victory with an explosive second quarter, with a late 14-3 run capping a 33-19 period for the Lady Cobras as they built a 17 point half time lead.
And it was smooth sailing the rest of the way, with Kilsyth building on its sizeable halftime cushion to record yet another – eighth to be exact – 20-plus point victory this season.
“The girls did a great job on Saturday to remain focused and finish off the regular season with a win to secure a home final,” Woosnam said. “We had many contributors and shot the ball extremely well which was pleasing to see.”
The Lady Cobras shot 52 percent from the field on Saturday – one of their best marks of the season – to fuel the team’s second highest scoring performance of 2018. It was Kilsyth’s biggest total since the opening game of the season, when the Lady Cobras tipped-off the new campaign by dropping 101 points on Hobart.
Jasmine Gill and Sarah Parsons were the catalysts behind the Lady Cobras big night, with Gill recording team-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds, while Parsons added 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in an impressive all-around performance. Chelsea D’Angelo had another strong game starting in place of Steph Blicavs (Australian Opals duties) to finish with 16 points, Hope Terdich recorded 13 points off the bench, Taylor Lee added 10 points and four assists, and Angela Beadle and Rosie Moult chipped in with nine and eight points, respectively.
Woosnam was particularly pleased with the late season performances of Gill and Parsons, with the versatile perimeter duo set to play a key role in Kilsyth’s postseason campaign.
“It was great to see Jasmine and Sarah play well, as they will be extremely important to us in the finals,” the fifth-year head coach said.
“Overall we were happy with the way we closed out the season, as we continued to work on the areas we need to improve in.”
The win means the Lady Cobras are now guaranteed a pair of home playoff games, starting with a Saturday night showdown against local rivals, the Nunawading Spectres. The Lady Cobras came up short in their only prior meeting this season – a 13-point loss in Round 8 – a result Woosnam and co. are eager to reverse on Saturday.
“We only played them once during the season and they certainly were better than us in that game,” Woosnam said.
“But the girls are ready. We haven’t forgotten that loss and we can’t wait to get out there on Saturday and play in front of our home fans.”
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