The Swinburne Lady Cobras were no match for the balanced Rangers who have swept aside all challenges during their 11 game win streak.
Deanna Smith (29pts, 11rbds) played something of a lone hand at the offensive end for Kilsyth but with four Dandenong players in double figures, it was the Swinburne Lady Cobras defensive efforts that needed the most attention.
Stephanie Cumming (14pts), Larissa Anderson (12pts) and Amelia Todhunter (11pts) were the main threats for Dandenong but with Hope Terdich (10pts), Catherine Guest (9pts), Chelsea Burns and Faith Probst (8pts) all contributing, it was tough going at the defensive end for Kilsyth.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras went into the match missing Hannah Zavecz (injured) and had a number of players below their best.
Dandenong jumped Kilsyth in the opening term building a 22-14 quarter time lead with the Swinburne Lady Cobras struggling to find their rhythm after the week off.
A three point shooting exhibition in the second term saw Dandenong race to a 22 point half time lead they knocked down five shots from behind the arc and ensure Kilsyth would have to play catch up for the remainder of the game.
Despite 12 third quarter points from Deanna Smith, Kilsyth saw the margin explode to 27 points by the final change.
Ellie Manou (13pts) and Hayley Moffatt (11pts) helped Kilsyth fight back in the final term but even though they held the Rangers to just 10 points for the quarter the margin was too great and Kilsyth recorded their fourth loss of the season.
Like the Swinburne Cobras, Kilsyth now sit just a half game clear of those challenges behind them and face important match ups against Nunawading (June 26) and Knox (July 3) over the coming weeks.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras will need both wins to ensure they remain firmly in the top three.
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5
Our Kilsyth Junior Cobras teams for the 2024 VJBL season have been announced. Congratulations to all of our new and returning Cobras on their selections — and for those who have missed out this season, we hope to see you back next year. See below for our 2024 teams as well as important uniform, registration