Yvonne Anderson (25pts/4reb), Louella Tomlinson (19pts/8reb/4ast/5blk), Rosie Moult (13pts/5reb/3blk), Sarah Parsons (13reb/5ast)

In what was predicted to be a close, exciting battle between two of the South Conference’s best, the Lady Cobras quickly turned the SEABL Women’s Game of the Week into a blowout, hammering Frankston on both ends to win 75-45. Yvonne Anderson and Louella Tomlinson were unstoppable for Kilsyth, combining for 44 points on 18-27 shooting, but it was a stifling performance on the defensive end by the Cobras that blew this game open.

Despite a hot-shooting first quarter by the Blues, the Lady Cobras still led, 27-21, and then put the clamps down on Frankston for the remaining 30 minutes. A 9-2 run late in the second quarter helped push Kilsyth’s lead to 13 points at the half, thanks large in part to the play of Anderson, Tomlinson, and Moult, who combined to score 36 of the Cobras first 45 points.

The Cobras amped their defence up in the third period, suffocating Frankston all over the court and holding them to just six points on 3-18 shooting, taking a 16-point lead into the final 10 minutes. A 3-pointer by Garrick to start the fourth brought the Blues to within 16, but Kilsyth would respond in a big way, with six players contributing to a 14-0 run which pushed the lead to 30. The Cobras held Frankston to just 27 points over the final three quarters, with the Blues shooting just 16 percent from the field in what was one of the most impressive defensive performances the league has seen this season.

Facing the last two SEABL Player of the Week award winners in Maddie Garrick and Kelly Bowen, as well as WNBL veteran Nicole Romeo, Kilsyth completely shut down the talented trio, holding them to a combined 12-51 shooting (23.5%). Parsons took on the assignment of Bowen (4/21), refusing to give her any room to operate, while Anderson, Moult, and Jordyn O’Shea used their versatility to take turns of hounding Romeo (4/13, 0 assists) and leading scorer Garrick (4/17, 6 turnovers), forcing them to settle for contested jump shots. Any time the Blues were able to get to the paint, they were met by one of Australia’s best shot blockers in Tomlinson (5 blocks), who combined with Moult (3 blocks) to swat away anything that came inside. Despite only scoring two points, Parson’s was huge with her defence and passing; locking up Bowen, grabbing 12 defensive rebounds, and dishing out five assists in an outstanding all-around performance.

This was a key win for Sam Woosnam’s team, as they remain perfect at home on the season and improve to 9-3 overall. The Cobras are just percentage points behind Bendigo for first place in the South Conference and are now two games ahead of third-placed Frankston.

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