Goulburn 71 defeated St George 43
St George travelled to the land of the Big Merino to face Goulburn, but any hopes they may have had of victory were destroyed by the scoring prowess of Georgia Noack. Noack opened the scoring for Goulburn with a three-pointer, and barely let up for the entire game to top score with 25 points. Goulburn didn’t have it all their own way early, though. St George led until the final few seconds of the opening quarter, and trailed by just 2 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, from there the game swung in Goulburn’s favour. The Bears won the second half 40-12 to cruise to victory. Georgia Noack’s 25 points were the highlight, with Naomi Lucas also scoring 15. Chantelle Manoe was St George’s only double figure scorer on the night, finishing with 17 points.
Shoalhaven 60 defeated Bathurst 57
Bathurst were without former SEABL player Haylee Lepaio, and it showed as the Goldminers succumbed to a 60-57 loss to Shoalhaven. However, Bathurst certainly had their chances. In a back-and-forth game, the Goldminers’ 12-2 run early in the fourth quarter put the visitors up 51-41 and it must have seemed like the game had been blown wide open. However, 9 fourth quarter points from Kate Denyer and clutch free throw shooting in the closing stages from Kate Bellamy saw Shoalhaven clinch the win in a thriller. Bellamy was Shoalhaven’s top scorer with 17 points, whilst Denyer tallied 11 of her own. Former Newcastle point guard Sophie Kleeman top scored for Bathurst with 17 points, whilst Rachel Murray tallied 13 and Claire Woolmington was again solid with 10 points.
Hawkesbury 29 lost to Tamworth 59
Hawkesbury may have thought they were hosting a basketball game on Saturday evening, but instead the Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium was the venue for an event known only as The Taylor Skelton Show. The young star was on fire all game as the visiting Tamworth side opened up an early double digit lead and continued to extend the margin throughout. Indeed, by the end of the contest, Skelton had nearly outscored the home side on her own. Backed up by Lily Darcy, who tallied 15 points, Skelton finished with 25 points, including 12 from the line, as Tamworth secured their first win of the season. Danielle Schwarzer was Hawkesbury’s best on the night, finishing with 8 points.
Weekly Scoring Leaders
Georgia Noack (Goulburn) – 25 points v St George
Taylor Skelton (Tamworth) – 25 points v Hawkesbury
Kate Bellamy (Shoalhaven) – 17 points v Bathurst
Sophie Kleeman (Bathurst) – 17 points v Shoalhaven
Chantelle Manoe (St George) – 17 points v Goulburn