‘POWERADE’ FRANKSTON BLUES WOMEN NBL1 ROUND 13 RECAP
Part 1: Frankston Blues vs Melbourne Tigers
Frankston managed to grit out a brave win over the Melbourne with a 75-69 victory.
The Blues were looking strong in the first quarter as they recorded 20 points, before a late three-pointer from Melbourne’s Monique Conti gave the Tigers a spark of life heading into the second quarter.
Tigers’ guards Conti and Katie Bugden were massive in the second quarter, but the Blues managed to fight through a scrappy start to the second term and produce consecutive 20 point quarters as they continued their slender lead over the Tigers.
Jo Smith (22 points) started the second half with a bang, finishing off an impressive jump shot from downtown to kick start the third quarter, and continued her dominance as the matchup looked in danger of breaking from the grasp of the Tigers.
Melbourne saved their best offensive display until the final quarter, with Kasey Burton (16 points) ensuring that the Blues would need to hold off a fast finishing Tigers outfit.
Shareesha Richards (29 points, 10 rebounds) was able to all but seal the issue, clutching two free throws to sink the Tigers and record an impressive four quarter effort from the Blues.
Part 2: Frankston Blues vs Southern Sabres
A second half fight-back secured a stunning four-point win for Southern.
The Sabres trailed by 11 points at half time, but overturned the deficit in the second half to claim a 97-93 win.
Rachel Jarry was instrumental in the win, finishing the game with 27 points, three rebounds and five assists. Morgan Riley who had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists assisted Jarry in the win.
Shereesha Richards was excellent for the Blues despite the defeat, shooting 54% from the field to finish the game with 30 points.
The Blues would be disappointed to let slip of the win against a team that had won only three games for the season.
Frankston looked set to secure the win after scoring 32 points in the first term to lead by 15 points at quarter time.
Yet the first term was the only quarter they outscored Southern as the Sabres clawed their way back into the contest.
Southern cut the margin to 11 points at half time, which have them confidence to overturn the margin in the second half.
The Sabres outscored the Blues 29-19 in the third term to trail by one-point at three-quarter-time.
Frankston were unable to stop the momentum in the final term and when Sherry Glennie shot the first bucket of the quarter the Sabres took the lead, which they held until the final buzzer.
Southern will next host Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence while Frankston travel to Kilsyth.