With Papavs currently injured and Parsons not available due to WNBL Grand Final commitments the Lady Cobras were going to need others to step up. Gemma Kerr (17 pts, 6 rbds) and Amy Denson (19pts, 13 rbds) answered the call at the offensive end but it was the Lady Cobras defence that caused the problems.
A high scoring first term suited the Lady Cobras as they went into the 1st break up 24-23. With Bendigo shooting at 58% from the field the Lady Cobras knew they needed to shut down the Lady Braves scoring in the 2nd term.
In a lower scoring quarter Bendigo put the stops on the Lady Cobras and were able to control the rebounds as they took a 4 point lead into the main break. Kilsyth managed just 5 baskets for the quarter as the Lady Braves defensive intensity lifted.
Coach Jason Knight called on his team to improve their defensive intensity in the 3rd but as Bendigo once again controlled the boards they extended the lead to 12. Kilsyth were unable to defend the Lady Braves from behind the arc with three long bombs helping to extend the margin.
With rebounding becoming an issue, Knight called on his team to dominate the boards in the 4th. Although they were able to win the rebound count, they once again lost the quarter going down by 15 points at the final siren.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Lady Cobras with Katy Werner finishing with 9pts and 6 rbds in her first SEABL game and both Erica McMenamin and Hayley Moffatt hitting 8.
Kilsyth will stay on the road next weekend travelling to Ballarat. Sarah Parsons will be back in the line up and Papavs injury status will be evaluated mid week.
The reigning champion Lady Cobras will unveil their Championship banner at their first home game against Launceston on April 5 at 12.00pm.
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