Coffs Harbour 63 lost to Shoalhaven 66
Shoalhaven continued their undefeated start to the season, moving to a 3-0 record with a tight win over Coffs Harbour. The Suns rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 63-63 with 2 minutes to play, but clutch free throw shooting in the final stages from Olivia Patterson helped Shoalhaven sneak home. Kate Bellamy top scored for Shoalhaven with 22 points, whilst Patterson tallied 19 of her home. Hannah Ryan added 12 as the Tigers finished with three players in double figures. Coffs Harbour also had solid performances from a number of players. Jordon Woods led the Suns with 14 points, with Rachel McGinniskin and Laura Bamford-Cleland tallying 13 apiece in a thriller.
Maitland 67 defeated St George 51
Maitland opened their weekend by picking up their second win of the season, cruising to victory against the winless St George side after negotiating a tight first quarter. Janica Duncombe starred for the Mustangs with 24 points, being ably backed up by 12 points from Hannah Fox and 11 from Brianna Schofield. Karen Bulmer played a lone hand for St George, scoring 16 points for the Saints.
Tamworth 46 lost to Wagga Wagga 65
Wagga Wagga notched their first win of the season, knocking off a determined but ultimately overmatched Tamworth side. The Blaze were led by Jordan Barrett’s 20 points, whilst Ella Finemore and Stephanie Male added 11 each for the team from the Riverina. Lily Darcy notched 14 for Tamworth and Tammy McMahon finished with 11, but there was little other support from the Thunderbolts as the offence struggled.
Goulburn 76 defeated Hawkesbury 46
Goulburn moved to 2-0 as the Bears put the winless Hawkesbury side to the sword, racking up a 30 point win. Carissa Moroney played chief destroyer for Goulburn, tallying 23 points. Jordan Huntley was also outstanding with 17 points, whilst Georgia Mae Teague and Naomi Lucas registered 12 points apiece for the Bears. Taylah Cottees was Hawkesbury’s only player in double figures, finishing with 15 points.
Bathurst 73 defeated Coffs Harbour 57
Bathurst roared back into form with a 16 point victory over Coffs Harbour, with their former SEABL players at the forefront of the performance. Sophie Kleeman was excellent with 24 points, whilst Haylee Lepaio was also outstanding to finish with 16 points. Rachel Murray tallied 12 points, whilst NSW Country Under 18s representative Matilda Flood made a solid return to club basketball with 11 points for the Goldminers. Laura Bamford-Cleland and Rachel McGinniskin were again solid for Coffs Harbour, finishing with 18 and 14 points respectively.
Shoalhaven 64 defeated Maitland 55
This was the second tight game of the weekend for Shoalhaven, but perhaps slightly less nerve-wracking than the first up win over Coffs Harbour. Maitland were able to trim the margin from double digits to six by midway through the final quarter, but Shoalhaven were able to pull away for a nine point win. Kate Bellamy again led the Tigers, finishing with 17 points. Kate Denyer added 16 of her own, and Mary-Jane Toole tallied 14 for the team from the South Coast. Hannah Fox led the Mustangs with 14 points, with Janica Duncombe adding 12 and Cassandra Screen notching 10 points.
Tamworth 62 defeated Goulburn 56
A one-two punch of Naomi Lucas and Jordan Huntley wasn’t enough for Goulburn as their pair of 20-point performers were offered little scoring support in a loss to Tamworth. Lucas tallied 21 points for the Bears, and Huntley top scored with 23, but with just 12 points from the remainder of the team, the more rounded scoring performance from Tamworth proved to be too much to handle. Taylor Skelton led Tamworth with 13 points, whilst Rachel Laws and Aimee Diebold finished with 11 and 10 points respectively. With four other players adding more than five points and all bar one player getting on the scoresheet, the Thunderbolts were able to keep themselves out of the Bears’ reach in the final stages to collect the win.
Hawkesbury 31 lost to Wagga Wagga 67
Wagga Wagga torched the winless Jets in a 36 point demolition as Hawkesbury slipped to 0-3 to start the season. Opening up a 15 point lead by midway through the first quarter, the Blaze were never challenged in a comprehensive win. Just four players scored for Hawkesbury, with Taylah Cottees leading the team with 16 points. Margarita Saad added 10 but two solid scoring efforts would never be enough without support. Conversely, all nine Wagga Wagga players got on the scoresheet. Jordan Barrett notched 17 points to lead all scorers, whilst Maddison Clyne added 11.
Tamworth 59 defeated St George 51
St George had a chance to notch their first win of the season, with the Saints just three points down with 90 seconds to play. However, Tamworth scored the final five points of the game to secure victory. Lily Darcy top scored for Tamworth with 19 points, with Taylor Skelton adding 12 and Dhlara Knox tallying 10 points. Chantelle Manoe led St George with 16 points and Karen Bulmer registered 11 in a valiant effort from St George.
Maitland 34 lost to Bathurst 74
The Goldminers came ready to play in their second game of the weekend, demolishing Maitland in a 40 point hiding. Once again Sophie Kleeman and Haylee Lepaio were outstanding for Bathurst, finishing with 19 and 18 points apiece. Matilda Flood was again solid to register 10 points, with Stephanie Johnson also tallying 10 of her own. Janica Duncombe top scored for Maitland with 8 points.
Hawkesbury 42 lost to Coffs Harbour 91
The final game of the weekend saw Coffs Harbour register a 49 point win over Hawkesbury in which all eight players that scored for the Suns finished with over five points. Rachel McGinniskin was the best of those eight, notching 21 points. Emily Crampton wasn’t far behind with 19 points, whilst Eleanor Hewitt added 13 points. Danielle Schwarzer and Taylah Cottees top scored for the overmatched Hawkesbury side with 9 points apiece.
Weekly Scoring Leaders:
Janica Duncombe (Maitland) – 24 points v St George
Sophie Kleeman (Bathurst) – 24 points v Coffs Harbour
Jordan Huntley (Goulburn) – 23 points v Tamworth
Carissa Moroney (Goulburn) – 23 points v Hawkesbury
Kate Bellamy (Shoalhaven) – 22 points v Coffs Harbour