Deanna Smith (31pts, 6rbds) put on an outstanding Mother’s Day performance but with Ellie Manou (17pts, 15rbds) the only other player in double figures, the Swinburne Lady Cobras failed to overcome the Lady Miners after falling behind early in the match.
Ballarat started well against the out of sorts Kilsyth. In a high scoring first term the Lady Miners built a 25-20 lead despite Smith scoring 12 points for the home side.
Rachel Jarry (23pts, 8rbds) Karen Ashby (15pts) and Chantal Allgood (13pts) all stepped up another gear in the second term extending the Lady Miners lead to 14 at the half.
Kilsyth struggled throughout the first half with newly signed forward Hannah Zavecz finding her way in the Lady Cobras offence.
Zavecz and her new team mates became more accustomed in the second half and began to fight back with a focus on the defensive end.
Kilsyth held the Lady Miners to just eight points during the third term and cut the margin to eight at the final break following a half court buzzer beater from Smith.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras continued their run into the final quarter but Ballarat went 9/14 from the free throw line during the final three minutes of the game to seal the hard fought three point win.
Despite the loss Kilsyth still out rebounded the Lady Miners 38-30 but shot at just 32% from the field compared to 45%, only Deanna Smith and Gemma Kerr shot above 40%.
Kilsyth will now regroup and get Zavecz through another week of training before travelling to Frankston next Saturday 15 May 2010 to take on the Lady Blues at 6.00pm.
The Swinburne Lady Cobras return home on Sunday 30 May 2010 where they will play the Bendigo Lady Braves at 12.30pm.
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