The Kilsyth Lady Cobras were unable to hand the league’s only undefeated team their first loss of the season, falling to the Bendigo Braves, 66-87 on Saturday night.
For the second week in a row, the Lady Cobras struggled to get going offensively against a stingy Bendigo defence, shooting just 36 percent from the field as they suffered their third loss of the season.
After a Rosie Moult three-pointer pulled Kilsyth to within 44-54 early in the third period, the Braves broke free for a game-clinching 13-3 run, putting the game out of reach as they built a 20 point lead. Saturday’s game followed a similar script to the week prior against Nunawading, a game which saw the Lady Cobras go cold from the field in the second half and struggle to get stops.
“We played a very similar game to last week,” Lady Cobras coach Sam Woosnam said.
“We were good in patches but then made costly errors which really hurt us too many times. Bendigo are certainly the best team in the league right now and we know the areas we need to improve on.”
Steph Blicavs led Kilsyth with a game-high 18 points, Jasmine Gill was strong off the bench, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds, while Moult added with points, six rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Despite the Lady Cobras sub-par showing, Woosnam remains confident in her team moving forward. And with the Queens Birthday giving the team a much needed weekend off, Woosnam plans to use the break as a time to remedy some issues that have plagued the Lady Cobras over the past fortnight.
“It’s a great time for us to re-group going to the long weekend break,” Woosnam added.
“It give us the chance to put some things in place to help make these improvements.”
At 8-3 the Cobras currently sit a half game behind Nunawading for second place in the league standings. Following a break for the long weekend break, the Cobras are back in action for a Round 10 doubleheader, heading to Sydney Uni to take on the Flames on Saturday June 16, followed by a Sunday matchup with the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence on Sunday June 17.
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