After stumbling to a 2-11 shooting performance through three periods of play, Cumming caught fire in the final quarter of Saturday night’s game against Nunawading, pouring in 17 points over the game’s final 10 minutes to help Kilsyth down the Spectres, 74-69.

“I was very happy to come away with the win on Saturday after not playing well for most of the game,” coach Sam Woosnam said. “It also helps that Steph drops 17 points in the last quarter – she was incredible.”

Cumming was simply unstoppable late, carrying the Lady Cobras out of a seven-point fourth quarter hole with a variety of difficult jumpshots and slashing drives to the hoop. She scored six straight points to give Kilsyth it’s first lead since early in the third quarter, then, after forcing the Spectres into a shot clock violation, Sarah Parsons connected on a huge 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining, putting the Lady Cobras ahead 70-66 to seal the game.

Cumming led Kilsyth with 23 points and added seven rebounds, Parsons recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Cassie Sant finished with 17 points for the Lady Cobras, who struggled mightily on the offensive end up until the fourth quarter.

Looking good early on, Kilsyth took a 17-8 lead after the first quarter but fell apart over the following 20 minutes, with Nunawading outscoring the Lady Cobras 44-28 to take a 52-45 lead into the final stanza. But led by Cumming, Kilsyth shot a blistering 9-13 from the field and went 8-for-8 from the foul line, while their defence was just as stellar, hounding Nunawading into several shot clock violations and limiting them to just one rebound for the quarter.

Though they struggled from the field, Jordyn O’Shea and Rosie Moult connected on clutch buckets during Kilsyth’s surge and were big defensively down the stretch, helping shut down the Spectres late. But the night belonged to Cumming, who again proved why she is one of SEABL’s deadliest players, helping the Lady Cobras win the inaugural Dick Thomas Cup and head into the midseason break on a high.

“Nunawading are a high quality team and boast numerous WNBL players, so we were obviously glad to get the job done,” Woosnam said. “We really wanted to win and head into our two week break with some momentum.”

The win moves the Lady Cobras to 9-2, tops in the South Conference. They have plenty of time to rest bodies and prepare for the second half of the season, with their next game not coming until June 20 when they head to Canberra to take on the Capitals.

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