South West Slammers’s women primed to make a statement against Lakeside Lightning

South Western Times
South West Slammers’ Kate Fielding looks to make a pass.
Camera IconSouth West Slammers’ Kate Fielding looks to make a pass. Credit: Justin Fris / South Western Times

Nathan Grover says his Printsync South West Slammers women are primed to make a statement against last season’s champions when they host the Lakeside Lightning on Saturday.

The Lightning have made another strong start to the season with a round five loss at the hands of Willetton the team’s only blemish. The Slammers have a difficult stretch of games in front of them and will be eager to cause a stir.

Slammers: A sluggish start and shooting below 30 per cent cost the side in its 62-51 round loss to the Mandurah Magic.

Lightning: In comparison to the Slammers, the Lightning were able to shoot at above 40 per cent in it a comfortable 83-64 win against win against Cockburn last time out.

Nathan Grover’s take (Slammers)

On shutting down Alison Schwagmeyer:

“Unfortunately we get her in her last game before she takes off for the season.

“We’ll throw what we can at her, and probably try a couple of different things to limit her output.

“We need to force them to have an onus on someone else coming out to score big, but they’ve got scoring option all over the place really – we really need to limit the three-point shot.”

On making a statement:

“Our form has been pretty good the past few weeks apart from hitting our shots.

“We’ve been in every game and probably should have nabbed a couple more wins.

“I think there are a few teams who are certainly more wary of us than they have been for the past couple of years – they might take a closer look if we get over the line against Lakeside.”

Scouting Report(Lightning)

League position: Second; Home record: 3-1; Away record: 2-0; Last round: Defeated Cockburn Cougars 83-64.

Top performers

South West Slammers (v Mandurah Magic, Round 6)

Makailah Dyer — 16 points (5/13 from the field, 3/4 from beyond the arc, 3/5 from free throw line), zero offensive rebounds, five defensive rebounds, four assists, two steals, four turnovers.

Lakeside Lightning (v Cockburn Cougars, Round 6)

Alison Schwagmeyer — 21 points (9/14 from the field, 2/5 from beyond the arc, 1/1 from free throw line), three offensive rebounds, zero defensive rebounds, three assists, one steal, three turnovers.

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