Panthers pounce on Phoenix to extend winning streak
The mid-season break has done little to halt Panthers’ growing momentum and confidence as the reigning premiers extended their unbeaten streak to eight games on Tuesday night.
The women’s A-grade titleholders have not been beaten since last season’s second semifinal and have won their past 10 games as they charge towards another finals appearance.
Panthers were in control from the outset in their round 10 encounter with Phoenix as the ever-improving Jade Dimer stamped her mark on the game.
Dimer was instrumental in Panthers’ comfortable 22-point triumph, pouring in 17 points, and the emerging tall has scored 36 points in her past two games to add further firepower to their offence.
Guard Kayla Thomas went about her business with 8 points and forced plenty of Phoenix front court errors, while Ella Scamozzi (7 points) and Nina Smith (6) are examples of their side’s terrific depth.
The margin was out beyond 25 points twice in the second half but Phoenix fought hard to peg it back slowly, eventually going down 23-45.
It was the second time Panthers had downed Phoenix, who fought admirably under the basket through Jody Ironmonger, Hollee Siviour and Cassandra Cheetham.
Cheetman led all scorers for Phoenix with 10 points and Siviour (5) was busy at both ends, but their side struggled to contain their opponents defensively and on the fast break.
In the other women’s A-grade match, Raiders’ under-18 development squad skipped clear of the winless Flames in the second half to win 43-28.
Thomas was influential with 13 points and Sophie Turner (9) also impressed as Raiders moved four points clear in third spot.
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