With a large contingency of Kilsyth supporters travelling to Dandenong to support their Swinburne Lady Cobras it appeared that there was more black and red in the crowd than the green of Dandenong. In their best game of the year Kilsyth did not disappoint those who made the trip down eastlink with a 63-51 win.
The game begun with neither side able to grab the ascendency trading baskets for the entire quarter until Gemma Kerr’s three pointer on the buzzer gave Kilsyth a two point lead, 16-14.
A fast starting Kilsyth in the second saw them develop a seven point lead just three minutes in, however the Lady Rangers came back strong and brought the deficit to just one with two and a half left in the quarter. Kilsyth then finished the quarter strongly to take a seven point lead into half time.
The 2010 SEABL champions came out after half time and showed why they are considered to be the team to beat this year drawing the scores level with just over a minute left on the clock. Abby Bishop scored in the dying seconds of the quarter to ensure that the Swinburne Lady Cobras went into the last leading by two.
After a tough, physical contest in the third the Swinburne Lady Cobras came out determined to prove that they have the ability and talent to match it with anyone this season, with Dandenong finding themselves in foul trouble Kilsyth was able to put themselves in the right positions and capitalise on all the opportunities that presented themselves. After a four quarter effort Kilsyth ended the game as 12 point victors, Kilsyth now have the same win-loss ratio as the Lady Rangers and sit just behind the Knox Raiders on the top of the ladder.
Abby Bishop showed her class with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists she was well supported by the physical Eva Afeaki (14pts, 7rbds, 8blk) and Gemma Kerr (13pts) who banged down some great threes throughout the match.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras now travel across the Tasman for back to back games next weekend against Hobart and Launceston.
The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras travel to Tasmania to take on the Hobart Lady Chargers Friday May 27 then take on Launceston on Saturday May 28.
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