The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras hosted the Knox Raiders this past weekend in a SEABL South Conference Grand Final showdown between two of the League’s biggest rivals. Unfortunately all the Swinburne Lady Cobras’ efforts just weren’t enough with Knox running out victors by 13 points 58 – 71.

Going into the matchup with a five-game win streak, the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras had had the week off after winning the semi-final against Knox just two weeks prior. The game began tightly contested, with both teams trading baskets until midway through the second quarter when Knox was able to grab some breathing space, with the Swinburne Lady Cobras heading to the change rooms with an eight-point deficit between them and the Raiders.

Knox began to pile on the points in the third, leaving the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras in their rear-view mirror, with poor shooting from beyond the arc being a large contributor to the Swinburne Lady Cobras failure to create scoreboard pressure (2/12 for the game at 17%). The Swinburne Lady Cobras spent the last quarter clawing back at the Raiders, managing to get within 11 points with three minutes remaining in the game. But, with a South Conference Championship on the line, the Raiders stepped it up again and let the Swinburne Lady Cobras’ efforts go unrewarded and ran out 14-point Champions.

Gemma Kerr, playing her 250th SEABL game, and Chantella Perera led the Swinburne Lady Cobras scoring with 13 points each, with centre Kristen Barnes adding 11 points. This loss now ends the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras season, with Knox going through to play Dandenong in the 2012 SEABL Championship Game this coming weekend.

Kilsyth Basketball would like to congratulate the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras on a fantastic 2012 SEABL Season and look forward to their Season 2013!