Echuca basketballer Jane Chalmers reached a milestone SEABL game last week.GEORDIE COWAN July 11, 2014 3:33am
Echuca basketballer Jane Chalmers played her 250th South-East Australian Basketball League game for the Bendigo Lady Braves last week.
Unfortunately, the team lost 88-74 away to the then fifth-placed Geelong and dropped to second spot on the southern conference ladder.
The Lady Braves were level with the Supercats going into the final term, but were then blown away as the home side put on 27 points to Bendigo’s 13.
‘‘We were just outplayed,’’ Chalmers said.
‘‘Of course it’s an honour (to reach 250 games), it’s just a bummer that we lost.
‘‘Hopefully we’ve learnt a lesson from the loss and come out and play better this week.’’
The point guard has played with the Lady Braves for 10 years and is again co-captain of the team this year with Lauren King as they seek to defend their southern conference title.
With six rounds to go, the Lady Braves have an equal amount of wins with Kilsyth and Frankston, while only sitting one win ahead of Hobart.
The team plays Kilsyth and Frankston three times during that time.
‘‘I don’t think we can drop out of a finals place, but it would be nice to finish on top because it looks like another team doing well is Hobart and one place you don’t want to travel to play is Hobart,’’ Chalmers said.
‘‘It’s not that playing Hobart is an issue, it’s just playing in Hobart — it’s not a very friendly place to play.’’
The co-captain thought the team had not played at its best this season, but was hoping the players would produce their best form towards the end of the season.
‘‘We probably haven’t played a full 40 minutes yet, which is disappointing,’’ Chalmers said.
‘‘But we don’t want to play our best basketball at the start of the season.
‘‘We have to learn from our losses, especially from Friday night and aim to finish in top spot to get a home final.’’
Chalmers has now played the fifth-most games for the Lady Braves and is averaging seven points a game this season.
She thanked her family, friends, work colleagues and others for their support.
The team will next play at 6pm today when it hosts Ballarat.
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