‘POWERADE’ FRANKSTON BLUES WOMEN NBL1 ROUND 9 RECAP
Diamond Valley Eagles vs Frankston Blues
The game was played at a fast pace from the opening tip with both sides looking to play on the fast break. Frankston managed to get an early six-point advantage over the Eagles, but sides struggled to shoot with Frankston managing 40% to Diamond Valley’s 36%.
Frankston started the second quarter on fire getting out to a lead of 16 points before the Eagles reigned them back in. The margin at the half was nine points in Frankston’s favour, with the Blues on top for most of the half, but allowing Diamond Valley to go on little runs to keep in touch.
Anneli Maley had an excellent first half with 15 points and nine rebounds for Diamond Valley while JoAnna Smith scored 13 points off the bench for Frankston including three three-pointers.
The Blues pulled further ahead once again in the third quarter, scoring 33 points in the period. While star guard Steph Reid was quiet, the Blues had four scorers in double figures and were playing strongly at both ends. The lead for the Blues at three quarter time was 20 points.
The game petered out in the final quarter with Frankston winning easily by a margin of 18 points. Shereesha Richards (25 points, 11 rebounds) and JoAnna Smith (24 points off the bench) were the stars for Frankston. Anneli Maley had an outstanding game despite the loss with 23 points and 19 rebounds to be the best for Diamond Valley.
The loss sees Diamond Valley remain in last place with a 1-12 record, while Frankston rack up their rack up their fifth win from 12 games to sit in the middle of the pack.
Frankston Blues vs Ballarat Rush
Overtime was required to separate Frankston and Ballarat at the Frankston Basketball Stadium.
The Rush led by five points at three-quarter-time, but a late rush by the Blues tied the scores at 82 apiece at the final buzzer.
Ksi-Le Bao scored the opening points in overtime, before Saraid Taylor shot a triple to give the Blues the lead. The lead changed again when Bao made 2-2 from the free throw line and Lucy Cochrane made a layup, before the Blues tied the scores with less than 50 seconds left in the game.
The match appeared destined for double OT, before Chanise Jenkins was fouled and made two free throws to hand a Rush a 89-87 win.
Olivia Hackmann was difficult to contain throughout the game and finished the match with 32 points and seven rebounds, while Jenkins had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Stephanie Reid worked tirelessly for the Blues throughout the game and had 25 points, while Taylor Lee had 24 points, six assists and three rebounds.
The difference between the two teams was the contribution from their bench. The Rush’s second team contributed 24 points to their total, while the Blues bench added only two points.