Slammers women have mixed weekend

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

It was a mixed weekend for the Printsync South West Slammers women’s side, who defeated the Kalamunda Easter Suns today, less than 24 hours after being defeated by the Perry Lakes Hawks.

The Slammers were dominant in their game against the Suns at the Ray Owen Sport Centre, scoring 32 points to just 11 in the last quarter to run out 92-68 winners.

Import Brittany Hodges was back to her best, scoring 30 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and had four blocks in a best on court performance.

She was backed up strongly by Courtney Bayliss (22 points, nine rebounds) and Kate Fielding (10 points, seven rebounds, eight assists), as the leaders for the Slammers stood up to help claim their third victory of the season.

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The Slammers shot at 50 per cent from the field for the game, while their defence was on point, forcing the Suns to take poor shots, leading to them to go at just 28 per cent.

But most impressive was the Slammers teamwork, was the visitors easily won the assist count 22-11 and spread the ball well and shared the scoring load.

On Saturday night the Slammers were not as well polished, going down to the Perry Lakes Hawks 62-37 at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

The Slammers started the game poorly, scoring just six points three of the four quarters and with the Hawks’ three talls, it looked as if the home side would find it hard to get a decent score on the board.

Hodges (14 points, 15 rebounds) struggled on the inside in the first half, before eventually working her way into the game after the Slammers lifted at the break.

Natalie Burton was dominant for the Hawks with 17 points and seven rebounds, while former Slammer Lauren Jeffers worked hard to pass off eight assists.

The Slammers were poor with their ball handling, turning it over 27 times during the game and despite a good third term, they struggled to score and break past the Hawks’ defence.

Youngsters Hannah Kurek and Tayah Burrows were impressive for the Slammers as their court time was increased and they put up a strong fight despite being severely outsized.

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