Women in hunt for finals berth

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Slammers centre Brittni Montgomery was one of several players who delivered during the overtime win against the Cougars.
Camera IconSlammers centre Brittni Montgomery was one of several players who delivered during the overtime win against the Cougars. Credit: Justin Fris

Buoyed by Saturday’s 99-93 overtime victory against the Cockburn Cougars, the Printysnc South West Slammers women’s team did all they could to remain in the hunt for a finals berth.

With the SBL Live Stats match information engine crashing before the game, supporters and loved ones of players and coaches outside of the Wally Hagan Stadium had no idea about the drama that was transpiring.

“Neither team probably played the best defensive game, I know we certainly didn’t,” Slammers women’s coach Nathan Grover said.

“We gave up a lot more points than we intended to, but thankfully we were able to get a fair bit out of our offence.

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“We wanted to push the ball at them because we felt we were a quicker team and we started really well with that.

“But they shot really well and had a couple of players who had really good offensive games.”

The match ended at 83-all at the end of regulation, after German import Alina Hartmann missed her three-point shot with four seconds left, which would have won the game for the home side.

Before overtime, Grover stressed the importance of his side resetting and finishing full of run, and his side duly delivered.

But despite being pleased with the win, Grover is still wary, as other teams in the middle of the table also recorded favourable results, which did little to aid the South West side’s finals aspirations.

The Slammers travel to the Warwick Basketball Stadium on Sunday, where they will do battle against the Senators at noon.

Scouting report(Warwick Senators)

Form: The Senators are well in contention for a top-four spot, with their home form very solid.

Enter Sunday’s clash with consecutive defeats against the Hawks and Lightning, which has dented any hopes of securing the minor premiership. The Slammers will need to be on high alert defensively, with both Stacey Barr (21 points per game) and Sam Roscoe playing exceptionally well lately.

League position: 3rd; home record: 6-2; away record: 5-3; last round: lost to Perry Lakes Hawks 92-77, lost to Lakeside Lightning 88-77

Top performer (v Lightning): Stacey Barr — 18 points (3/6 from the field, 2/12 from beyond the arc, 6/7 from free throw line), 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal.

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