In what was a mini final for these teams, Kilsyth now holds outright 4th place and a commanding margin for the all important split with Ballarat. The Lady Cobras have gone a long way to stamping their authority on the league in 2008.
With Gemma Kerr shooting the lights out for 23 pts including 4/6 from behind the arc, the Lady Cobras broke the ton for the first time this season in an awesome offensive display. In a warning to the league, Kilsyth had six players in double figures and totally outclassed their rival.
The first quarter was a great contest, as both teams traded baskets, Ballarat gained the early ascendancy creating a 5 point lead. Kerr hit a 3 with three minutes to play to give the Lady Cobras a 2 point lead which they never surrendered. Sarah Parsons (13pts, 6 assists, 5 rbds) was again impressive helping to contain Lady Miners star Michelle Musslewhite in the first term to help Kilsyth build a 5 point lead going into the first break.
Desiree Glaubitz (19pts, 10 assists) got into the game in the 2nd term finishing with her trademark jumpers around the basket and dishing out the assists against her old team. Kilsyth went into the long break holding a 49-40 lead setting themselves up for a high scoring affair.
The Lady Miners stayed with Kilsyth early in the third but they were unable to match the Lady Cobras firepower as they put on another 27 pts for the term, blowing the game wide open to a 22pt margin. Clare Papavs (17pts) and Erica McMenamin (10pts, 5 assists) both got into the act making Ballarat pay for their costly turnovers. Kilsyth looked after the ball much better than their opponent turning it over just 17 times compared to the Lady Miners 27.
Kilsyth pushed the lead out to 27 at times in the 4th with Ballarat unable to gain any momentum to get themselves back in the match. Kilsyth shot a staggering 50% from the field and 46% from 3pt range compared to 43% and 33% from the Lady Miners. The Lady Cobras dominated the battle in the paint scoring 42-32pts despite recording the same number of rebounds.
Jessica Lonon (13pts, 8rbds) became the sixed Lady Cobra in double figures in the 4th as Kilsyth continue to rack up the points in the blow out win.
Kilsyth now sit in 4th place, a game clear or Ballarat and 3 games clear of NW Tasmania, and will be getting set to take on Bendigo at home next Saturday Night. The Lady Cobras will take on the 1st placed Lady Braves knowing a win will give them some breathing space in the top 4. With 7 of their final 11 games at home Kilsyth would like to start the run home with a win over the nemesis Bendigo.
Don’t miss all the action Saturday 17th May at 6.15pm as the Lady Cobras take on Bendigo from the Kilsyth Sports Centre.
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