The Lady Cobras jumped out of the blocks in the opening term against Nunawading building a 24-18 lead at the first change. Kilsyth dominated the offensive boards pulling in 6-0 and shared the ball well with 10 assists.
A re focused effort on the boards saw the Spectres cut the margin to five in the second term as Australian Opals Jenna O’Hea (29pts, 5rbds) and Kathleen Macleod (21pts) looked to stamp their mark on the game.
Hayley Moffatt (24pts, 7rbds) and Amy Denson (23pts, 11rbds) kept the Cobras rolling in the third term while Sarah Parsons (12pts, 13rbds, 9ass) was causing Nunawading plenty of problems at both ends of the floor.
Kilsyth went into the 4th term with a four point lead and despite out rebounding the Spectres, they shot at just 38% from the field compared to 58% from Nunawading.
This win allowed the Spectres to leapfrog up the ladder into 5th place for a potential first up final against the Lady Cobras.
On Sunday, the Lady Cobras travelled to Frankston looking to lock in a top four finish. Kilsyth started slowly and looked flat after their loss to the Spectres.
Frankston jumped out to an early 10 point lead but were always going to struggle to contain the versatile and explosive Lady Cobras line up.
Sarah Parsons (26pts, 11rbds, 8 ass) was unstoppable narrowly missing another triple double. Amy Denson (16pts, 5rbds) was well contained by Frankston big Marita Payne (14pts, 14rbds) but came up big when called upon in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
The Lady Cobras pulled back the margin to just four points at the first change before outscoring the Blues 18-10 in the second term to reverse the margin at the half.
Hayley Moffatt (12pts, 11rbds, 4ass) and Tiffany Hodgson (10pts) helped kick start a big third term for the Lady Cobras as they extended the lead to nine at the final change.
With Erica McMenamin continuing to lock up Frankston star Deanne Butler (18pts), Kilsyth pushed the margin into double figures in the final term to win their 10th game of the year and lock away a top four finish with four regular season games remaining.
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