The Kilsyth Lady Cobras have boosted their current win streak to five with a pair of victories over Ballarat and Albury-Wodonga during Round 12 SEABL action.
The Lady Cobras came up big in the clutch on Saturday night, riding a key 17-2 fourth quarter run to defeat the Ballarat Rush, 72-63 on the road. Entering the final period tied at 50, Angela Beadle and Chelsea D’Angelo spearheaded the crushing run by the Lady Cobras, combining for 12 points during the span to put Kilsyth ahead, 67-52 with under four minutes remaining. The Rush would claw back in the final minutes, but a pair of timely buckets from Steph Blicavs and Alison Downie kept them at bay to secure a big road win for the Lady Cobras.
Blicavs the Lady Cobras with a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds, Beadle added 19 points and nine boards, and Taylor Lee provided a spark at the point, recording nine points, five assists and four steals.
Kilsyth made lighter work of Sunday’s matchup against the Albury-Wodonga Bandits, riding a dominant first half to win, 78-53 in their regular season home finale. The Lady Cobras put the clamps down defensively against the Bandits, holding them to just five second quarter points as they opened up an insurmountable 16 point halftime lead.
The Lady Cobras continued to roll in the second half, blowing the lead out to as many as 32 points as they cruised to their thirteenth win of the season. Blicavs again led the way for Kilsyth with a game-high 18 points, combining with Sarah Parsons (16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals) to outscore the Bandits by themselves – 23 to 22 – in the opening half of play. Hope Terdich was impactful off the bench, adding 14 points; Beadle finished with 12 points and nine rebounds;and D’Angelo chipped-in with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Lady Cobras head coach Sam Woosnam was impressed with her team’s Round 12 performance, with the team able to overcome the absences of Rosie Moult (both games) and Chantella Perera (Saturday – rest). The weekend sweep saw Kilsyth take sole possession of second place in the league standings at 13-3, and Woosnam is focused on securing a top-two finish come playoff time.
“We were really pleased to get the two wins on the weekend and also to have such a great display at home for our fans on Sunday in our final home game of the regular season,” Woosnam said.
“This weekend results were great, particularly as we were missing and resting some of our key players and everyone stepped up when needed. Our goal is obviously to keep winning – we have now moved into second position on the ladder so we need to keep winning to close out the regular season.”
With their home schedule now complete, the Lady Cobras hit the road for their final four games to close out the regular season. The face a tough road double this weekend, Geelong on Saturday (5pm) and Sandringham on Sunday (12.30pm).
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