Women face uphill battle

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Makailah Dyer goes on the charge for the Slammers earlier this season.
Camera IconMakailah Dyer goes on the charge for the Slammers earlier this season. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers women’s team crashed out of the top eight following a frustrating 105-86 loss to the Warwick Senators on Sunday afternoon at the Warwick Basketball Stadium.

With sides above and below them also securing favourable results on the weekend, Nathan Grover’s side now faces an uphill battle to reach the post-season, with all four remaining games against top eight opposition.

The visitors made a bright start to the clash, although they had some difficulties in curbing the influence of Stacey Barr (28 points, two rebounds, two assists), with the notorious three-point shooter living up to her top billing.

Both sides traded buckets during the second term, with the Slammers trailing by a point at the half, following Makailah Dyer’s jump shot with four seconds left.

Aware that they needed a win to further ambitions of a top-two finish, the home side clicked into gear and sunk four of their first six shots of the term, which not only gave them a buffer, but somewhat sapped the visitors’ momentum.

Despite the setback, Dyer was at it again, with her perseverance in the paint paying off midway in the third quarter.

Trailing by three, the Slammers were promptly blown away by the home side, who drilled three consecutive shots from beyond the three-point line.

Try as they might, whenever the visitors managed to cobble together a positive segment of offensive brilliance, the Senators’ response was always swift.

Dyer (24 points, eight rebounds, four assists) top scored for the Slammers, while Brittni Montgomery battled hard.

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