Crystal Blues turn tables on Raiders

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Crystal Blues' Valerie Corbett gets past Raiders' Charlotte Edwards.
Camera IconCrystal Blues' Valerie Corbett gets past Raiders' Charlotte Edwards. Credit: Laurie Benson

New outfit Crystal Blues snapped a four-game losing streak in emphatic fashion, recording their first win of the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade over a flat Raiders under-18 development squad on Tuesday night.

After four straight losses to start their debut season in the A-grade, including two single-figure defeats, Crystal Blues are on the board courtesy of their most polished performance yet.

Guard Shianne Arthur set the tone early and the undermanned Raiders coughed up turnover after turnover, allowing Crystal Blues to coast clear.

Crystal Blues hit the first nine points of the contest and from there it was curtains, as they marched to a 22-point victory.

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Arthur was on fire in the opening half, her nine points helping Crystal Blues to an eight-point advantage.

Raiders' Jade Dimer.
Camera IconRaiders' Jade Dimer. Credit: Laurie Benson

Valerie Corbett picked off a stack of sloppy passes in Raiders’ offensive half and after the break she ramped up her own scoring.

Corbett was crucial for the winners, finishing a well-rounded game with 16 points and combined with Arthur (12 points) and Juliette Storm (10) they simply had too much firepower for Raiders.

For Raiders it was a night to forget, their sloppy start a major reason factor in the 21-43 loss.

Crystal Blues' Telikah Collins puts up a shot.
Camera IconCrystal Blues' Telikah Collins puts up a shot. Credit: Laurie Benson

Jade Dimer lacked her usual impact, contributing only five points and point guard Tayeesha Weeden worked hard for her seven points but Raiders could never reel the margin back in the final 25 minutes.

Kinjarling Storm were runaway winners of the other round 6 fixture, thrashing Valkyries by 31 points.

Nardia Humphries did the bulk of the damage with 21 points while teammates Abbi Gibson (12) and Narelle Humphries (10) ensured Kinjarling scored their biggest total of the season, winning 58-27.

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