Willetton spread the load to stretch the Slammers

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

The Printsync South West Slammers women’s side suffered their fourth-consecutive loss when the Willetton Tigers defeated them by 29 points at the Willetton Basketball Stadium on Sunday.

Trailing by just three points at half-time, the Slammers looked as if they could cause an upset, but the efforts of Stacey Barr, Desiree Kelley, Kate Malpass and Zoe Harper were too much, as they lost 97-68.

Barr scored an equal game-high 29 points and grabbed five rebounds in a dominant display, while Kelley (19 points, seven rebounds), Malpass (13 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Harper (12 points and nine rebounds) were all handy.

Slammers import Brittany Hodges was again at her best for the Slammers, equalling Barr’s 29 points, while grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds in a dominant display.

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This quartet dominated after the main break, as Willetton outscored the Slammers 52-26 to grab the win.

Captain Courtney Bayliss again had a mixed day, hitting 20 points, but only shooting at 29 per cent from the field.

Bayliss though did give off five assists and grabbed nine rebounds, including eight defensive, in another solid performance.

But there was not enough help for the duo once again, as just Hannah Kurek came off the bench to have an impact on the scoreboard.

Raya Thompson finished with just nine points, going at 33 per cent from the field, while Kate Fielding also struggled, not hitting any of her four shots and recording a team-high five turnovers for the game.

She worked hard to get others in the game though, giving off five assists, while grabbing three rebounds.

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