Led by Australian Opal Deanna Smith (19pts, 6rbds) the Swinburne Lady Cobras had six players make a significant contribution at the offensive end with their spread of scorers proving to much for the Tornadoes.
Ellie Manou (12pts, 13rbds) was outstanding against prodigy Liz Cambage (18pts, 12 rbds), who had been averaging close to 30 points per game. Kilsyth’s team efforts against the Young Opal proved the difference.
Alice Kunek (14pts), Jordyn O’Shea (12pts), Hayley Moffatt (9pts) and Hannah Zavecz (7pts, 8rbds) all made solid contributions for Kilsyth.
As was expected, with these two explosive teams, the first quarter was high scoring as Launceston built a 22-19 quarter time lead. Sharin Milner (17pts) and former Lady Cobra Sarah Parsons (15pts) both proved a match up problem for Kilsyth early but with an even spread of scorers the Lady Cobras managed to tie up the scores at 42-all going into the second half.
Kilsyth left the locker room with a defensive mindset in the third term restricting Launceston to just 10 points for the quarter, taking an eight point lead into the final change.
Launceston quickly hit back in the final term, moving within a single point with seven minutes to play. After giving up the lead momentarily Alice Kunek steadied the ship with five points in a minute before Jordy O’Shea hit the biggest shot of her young career.
O’Shea connected from behind the arc with just a minute to go to give the Swinburne Lady Cobras a 72-70 lead. Neither team hit another field goal for the game while Zavecz iced the result for Kilsyth with a late free throw.
Kilsyth (8-2) return to the top of the ladder while Launceston (9-3) dropping back to fourth.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras will travel to Hobart to take on the Lady Chargers looking to win their 9th game of the season before returning home Sunday 30 May 2010 to take on Bendigo at 12.30pm.
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