Raiders aim to outrun rivals

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

An undermanned Raiders 18-development squad faces off against Grammar Griffins in the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade first semifinal at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre tonight.

Bridgette Latham and Savannah Hill have been cornerstones of Raiders’ season to date, but because of an agreement, the pair will play for Griffins, their preferred team, in the sudden-death final.

Raiders coach David Arthur said his side would use a lack of height to their advantage.

“We just need quick ball movement from offence to defence,” he said

“They’re a tall side, so if we can catch them off guard and move the ball well in transition, that will help.”

Arthur conceded it would be tough test without Latham and Hill.

“Rebounding, we will have some issues,” he said. “We’re a little undermanned going into the match so we will have to manage our fouls. We’ll probably tag Bridgette (Latham), we’ve done that before in previous matches.”

Griffins have won all three encounters between the two sides this season, but little has separated them in the last two matches.

In February, Griffins managed a tight five-point victory, led by Ruby Bigwood with 12 points, while in November, Raiders came within three points as Anita Onions finished with 13 points.

In the second semifinal, Flames take on Magpies, with the winner progressing through to the grand final and the loser facing off against the victor of the first semifinal.

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