After a slow start the Lady Cobras regained the form that saw them advance to the ACC following their SEABL Championship. Kilsyth were forced to regain the momentum they built over the three weeks of SEABL finals before powering to a commanding win. In front of a loud home crowd the Lady Cobras had six players in double figures and looked a class above the Central ABA Runners up.
Kilsyth had a week’s break waiting for the Central ABA final to be played and looked rusty in the opening term, missing multiply opportunities to build a lead. North Adelaide converted their chances but still went into the opening break down 19-15.
The second term was all Kilsyth, as the Rockets felt the full force of the Lady Cobras line up. North Adelaide had no answer for Lady Cobra Sarah Parsons, who kept the statisticians busy with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists & 6 steals. One of the most versatile young players in the Country, Parsons showed the Rockets why she was the SEABL Defensive and Golden Hands Award winner. Kilsyth took a 39-26 half time lead despite a late run from Nth Adelaide which cut the margin from 20 to 13 points.
The Lady Cobras came out after the long break and began regaining some of the rhythm that won them the SEABL Championship extending the lead to 24 points. Import Jessica Lonon (13 pts, 13 rbds) continued her impressive late season form while Hayley Moffatt (19pts, 6rbds) bounced back after playing with the flu during the SEABL finals.
With the game all wrapped up and their place in the ACC semi finals confirmed, the Lady Cobras didn’t stop running up the score as the extended the margin to 36. This left the shell shocked Rockets to attempt to regain some respect to the margin. Instead they decided to beat up the Lady Cobras with behind the play cheap shots. Sarah Parsons was floored by the Rockets following a Kilsyth basket as both teams got very physical in a spiteful final quarter.
North Adelaide’s Tania Dhu showed her frustrations unnecessary tactics but came off second best when Gemma Kerr flattened her as she screened. Tempers flared with three minutes to play as Desiree Glaubitz stuck up for her teammates with a war of words at the physical Rocket’s team. Dhu fouled out on the next possession and with the win confirmed, Coach Jason Knight rested all his starters to defuse the situation. Kilsyth went onto an impressive 30 point win but will need to improve if they are going to challenge 2007 National Champion Townsville next weekend.
Playing their final home game of the 2008 Season in front of their adoring fans and Kilsyth Cobras No. 1 Ticket Holder and State Minister for Sport James Merlino, the Lady Cobras put on a great show as they continue their march towards the ACC Title.
The Club Kilsyth Lady Cobras are scheduled to take on the Townsville Flames, Saturday 30th August from 2.00pm at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. For tickets call 9927 6666 and get behind the Girls as they strive to back up their SEABL Championship with a National Title.
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