Riding another big performance from star Steph Cumming and a dominant first three quarters of play, the Lady Cobras avoided disaster with a near fourth quarter collapse to defeat Sandringham, 78-71.

Taking an 18 point lead into the final ten minutes of play, Kilsyth quickly became unraveled, going just 2-15 from the field and coughing the ball up five times as the Sabres roared back into the game. Led by import Brittany Smart, Sandringham pulled to within 69-74 with just over a minute remaining – and it could have been closer, with Smart missing two key free throws late – but the Cobras were able to run time off the clock, forcing the Sabres to foul. Sarah Parsons iced the game for Kilsyth with four free throws in the last 30 seconds, helping the Lady Cobras escape with a narrow victory.

Cumming led the Lady Cobras with 22 points and was unstoppable early on as she repeatedly attacked the paint. Parsons recorded her eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Chantella Perera backed up last week’s big game with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Jordyn O’Shea added 13 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

Shooting a blistering 68.8% from the field in the first half, the Lady Cobras raced out to a 50-37 lead. Holding the Sabres to just 5/18 shooting in the third period, they were able to push that lead out to 70-52 heading into the final stanza, with their hot shooting early on enough to record their 11th win of the season.

With the win, Sam Woosnam’s team re-claimed the South Conference’s best record at 11-3 and now trail league leaders Dandenong by just half a game. They will look to make it three wins in a row when they take on the Brisbane Lady Spartans on Saturday night, with tip-off scheduled for 6.00pm at home.

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