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NBL1 West 2023: Slammers women’s team hopes to weather Lightning on Saturday night

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Slammers women's playing coach Alex Ciabattoni
Camera IconSlammers women's playing coach Alex Ciabattoni Credit: Jon Gellweiler

The South West Slammers women’s team return to the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night, where they will host Lakeside Lightning.

Alex Ciabattoni’s side, filled with predominantly teenagers, has found the going tough this season and is yet to win a game.

Last Friday night, the Slammers were thrashed 113-47 by the league-leading Cockburn Cougars on the road, with ball retention (38 turnovers) and lack of height on the defensive end again major issues hampering their ability to remain competitive for lengthy periods.

A night later, they went down to East Perth Eagles 73-51 at home, however the Slammers took significantly better care of the ball, finishing with 16 turnovers, which was a step in the right direction moving forward.

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The Slammers will be hoping Ciabattoni, along with Paris Duffield and Kate Williams, can all hit their straps offensively against the Lightning — particularly from deep.

Scouting report

Women: (Lightning)

League position: 10th. Last round: lost to Perry Lakes Hawks 72-44; top performer (v Hawks) - Laci Hawthorne (11 points - 3/14 field goal attempts, 0/1 three-point attempts, 5/6 free throw attempts, nine rebounds, one assist).

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