Women keen to put an end to losing streak
The PrintSync South West Slammers women’s team will be desperate to snap an unwanted four-game losing streak on Friday night against the Rockingham Flames at the Eaton Recreation Centre.
Both sides sit two points apart on the table, and with several sides around them continuing to push for a finals berth, victory tomorrow night for either side would go a long way towards easing the pressure and putting more control in their own destiny.
Slammers: Were severely depleted during Saturday’s 100-71 loss to the Warwick Senators, with both Makailah Dyer (illness) and Adele East (personal commitments) unavailable.
Fell in a 8-0 hole within the opening three minutes of the game and never recovered.
The Slammers committed 31 turnovers against the Senators, with the visitors able to cash in with 39 points.
Despite the loss, Courtney Bayliss (20 points, six rebounds) worked tirelessly in her 200th SBL game and 15-year-old duo Skye Palmer and Javene Fitch gave a good account of themselves while out on the floor.
Flames: Enter tomorrow night’s game in fifth place, following Saturday night’s 75-69 loss against the Perry Lakes Hawks on the road.
Trailed 27-16 at quarter time, but gradually fought their way back with Janelle Adams and Maddison Allen in excellent form.
Are currently undefeated at home, but have had troubles on the road, which may be a crumb of comfort for the Slammers.
An away victory here could be a real springboard for Craig Reynolds’ team, with the Flames playing six of their next seven games at home.
Nathan Grover’s take (Slammers)
“Thursday night will be a little bit lighter at training than normal,” he said following the Senators loss.
“But we will still get through on Tuesday and work very hard.
“It’s definitely a very winnable game for us as well.
“From what I understand, Tayah Burrows is out injured – so that is their starting point guard and she is out.
“Anything can happen, but we will go in full of confidence and I know we can perform well if everything clicks for us.
“We will also have Adele and Mak back for us as well.
“We will go in pretty positive and we have a lot to play for to get back on track.”
Scouting report(Rockingham Flames)
League position: 5th; home record: 3-0; away record: 2-4; last round: lost to Perry Lakes Hawks 75-69.
Top performer: Janelle Adams – 14 points (5/13 from the field, 1/2 from beyond the arc, 1/1 from free throw line), nine rebounds, four assists, three steals.
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