Easter gains possible for Slammers

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Jasmine Barrett in action for the Printsync South West Slammers women’s team.
Camera IconJasmine Barrett in action for the Printsync South West Slammers women’s team. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers women’s team has an excellent opportunity to bank some victories before the Easter break.

Nathan Grover’s side takes on the bottom-placed East Perth Eagles tomorrow night, before backing up a night later against the Cockburn Cougars.

With a series of challenging fixtures against Lakeside Lightning, Warwick Senators and Rockingham Flames looming in the distance, Grover believes his side must seize the initiative this weekend.

Slammers: Had a series of costly lapses during Friday’s 69-62 loss to the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on the road. The first of these came during the first quarter, when they trailed by nine points at the interval. Committed 21 turnovers, although the home side was able to only cash in 11 points from them.

They struggled to contend with American centre Jennie Rintala on the defensive end (13 defensive rebounds) while Jewel Williams (26 points) shot well inside. Following a stirring address from Grover in the shades of half-time during Saturday’s game against the Redbacks, the Slammers overcame some speed bumps to topple the visitors 85-76 and forced them into committing eight turnovers in the final quarter – after having only three for the game before that point.

Eagles: After showing promise during the opening round loss against the Slammers, it’s been a tough month for Tanya Fisher’s side, which has lost its last four matches by 32 points or more.

Relied heavily on inside shooting (24/50) during last Friday’s 92-60 loss to the Willetton Tigers – putting up only nine three-point attempts for the game.

Cougars: Take on the Eastern Suns prior to their trip to the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night. Sit fifth on the table with two wins from three matches, although both wins are against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Before last weekend’s bye, were torched 105-62 by top-placed Rockingham.

Nathan Grover’s take (Slammers)

“The Eagles are young and full of energy,” he said. They put pressure on you for the whole game. “We played the Cougars in the pre-season and got over the line but they didn’t have their import Kisha Lee, who leads the league in scoring.”

Scouting reports

East Perth Eagles: League position: 12th; home record: 0-2; away record: 0-3; last round: lost to Willetton Tigers 92-60.

Cockburn Cougars: League position: 5th; home record: 1-1; away record: 1-0; last round: Bye

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