Flames’ shooters fire up in breakthrough win
A much-improved shooting display from Flames has been the catalyst for ending their eight- game winning streak, downing Phoenix to chalk up their maiden win of the 2018-19 women’s A-grade season on Tuesday night.
Languishing at the bottom of the standings with a 0-8 record heading into round 11, Flames trailed in the early stages as Cassandra Cheetham and Hollee Siviour proved a handful under the basket.
Flames began to find their groove in offence and their long- range game quickly helped them surge into the lead, with sisters Indianna and Tayeesha Weeden knocking down triples.
Phoenix were struggling to contain the fast-wheeling Flames on transition, and after taking the lead, Flames leapt clear as they hit four of seven long-range attempts to take a 10-point advantage into half-time.
Indianna Weeden continued her busy start when the second half began, and midway through the second period, Flames had double Phoenix’s score and they could start to believe a first win was within grasp.
Flames were unsuccessful with their first seven long-range shots in the second half, but Tayeesha Weeden hit consecutive triples to cap off a terrific night for her side as they prevailed by 18 points.
The Weeden sisters combined for 27 points, Tayeesha hitting 14 and Indianna adding 13, while Alyssa Ward was busy with eight in the breakthrough 43-25 win.
Flames hit seven of their 17 long-range attempts and went at 57 per cent from the free-throw line in their most complete performance of the season.
Siviour worked tirelessly at both ends, finishing with 8 points, while centre Cheetham top-scored with 13 points.
However, her side failed to expose Flames’ lack of height often enough.
Panthers moved a step closer to securing top spot after coming from two points behind to maintain their perfect record.
In the top-of-the-table clash between last season’s grand final opponents, Magpies started strongly and led by two points at half-time. Kayla Thomas and Jade Dimer lifted for Panthers in the second half as they swung momentum back in their side’s favour on the way to a 34-28 result.
Panthers have won nine straight games this season and did it without Ella Scamozzi, as Thomas led all scorers with 14 points.
Nardia Humphries was lively for Magpies with 6first-half points and 8 in total, but her side slipped to a third loss and are now six points behind the ladder-leaders.
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