The task could be even harder for the Lady Cobras with star player Sarah Parsons suffering a late game rib injury which could see her miss the crucial 3-game stretch this coming weekend. Kilsyth will play Bendigo at home in SEABL Big Wednesday action before travelling to Frankston and arch rival Knox next weekend in a stretch that will decide whether they are a contender or pretender in 2008.
Hayley Moffatt led Kilsyth with 17pts and Clare Papavs had 16pts but it was the Ballarat duo of Musselwhite and Coston that beat with Lady Cobras as they had 24 pts a piece.
Kilsyth jumped out of the block in the first term to lead by as much as 9 points before Ballarat closed the gap. Kilsyth pushed ahead again in the 2nd term before another run just before the half time break saw Ballarat go into the long break tied at 49 a piece in the high scoring affair.
The winner of the game was always going to be the team that could lift their defensive intensity. Kilsyth were unable to match the Lady Miners defensive hustle, shooting at just 35% compared to 53% and Ballarat took control early in the 3rd term and never looked back.
This game blew out early in the 4th term and the result became less important with the crucial points split coming into play. Kilsyth defeated Ballarat earlier in the year by 24pts and needed the split to keep the finals aspirations alive. Out of control on the offensive end and playing minimal defensive the Lady Cobras look set for a major loss. Sarah Parsons went down with 2 minutes to play and the Lady Cobras were looking at a 22pt deficit.
Ballarat had the chance to go up by 26 pts, but a missed lay up turned into Kilsyth free throws and the Lady Cobras were able to hold onto the split.
Coach Jason Knight will be extremely disappointed with his teams performance. After giving up 101pts in a loss last week to Nunawading and 96 pts in this game, the Lady Cobras will have to pick up the defensive effort if they are going to consider themselves a chance of making finals.
Cobras star recruit Desiree Glaubitz will need to improve her act if the Lady Cobras are going to challenge, she again struggled at the offensive end finishing with just 8 pts on 4/12 shooting. She has average just 14.8ppg in 2008 and it must be a worry for Knight will his go to player failing to step up.
The Lady Cobras must rebound quickly as they take on the League leading Bendigo on SEABL Big Wednesday, this coming week 2nd July at the Kilsyth Sports Centre from 7.30pm.
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