Despite 23pts and 14 rbds from Bendigo’s Gabe Richards, Bendigo were unable to get the win as the Lady Cobras picked up the defensive intensity after giving up close to 100 points a game over the past two weeks. Import Jessica Lonon contained Richards after a quick start which included 10 first quarter points.

Clare Papavs led the Lady Cobras with 22pts including 8/12 from the free throw line which included 3/4 to ice the game. Both Sarah Parsons (11pts, 12rbds) and Desiree Glaubitz (17pts, 5 ass) suited up despite suffering injuries from Sunday’s game against Ballarat.

The first quarter was a battle with both teams going basket for basket as Richards and Parsons proved unstoppable at the respective offensive ends. Scores were tied at the end of the quarter at 17.  A low scoring grind out game was just what the Lady Cobras needed after failing to out shoot both Nunawading and Ballarat in recent weeks.

Kilsyth took the edge in another low scoring quarter with Glaubitz having her best game of the year, she helped the Lady Cobras to a 31-27 half time lead.  The third quarter was much the same with Kilsyth extending the lead to 8 at the last change. 

After being down by as much as 12pts in the 4th Bendigo rallied and evened up the game with just 3 minutes to play, a Gemma Kerr 3 point basket put Kilsyth up 54-51 and after icing their free throws the Lady Cobras were able to hold on for the win. Kilsyth move to 12-8 on the season and sit in outright 4th once again.

Bendigo drop to 16-4 and 3rd spot on the table.  Coach Jason Knight will be hoping they stay there as the Lady Cobras seem to have their measure in 2008, winning 2 of 3 contests.

Kilsyth now face a tough double header weekend, traveling to Frankston on Saturday Night and then Knox Sunday.  Two wins would almost guarantee 4th position. Coach Knight and his team will be looking for nothing less against their metro rivals.

Lady Cobras return home Saturday 12 July to take on Knox in the Battle for the Ashes.  Tip off is scheduled for 6.15pm.

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