Shepparton Lady Gators have bounced back onto the winners' list with a solid performance against North East Bushrangers.DAMEN FRANCIS June 24, 2014 3:10am
Five was the magic number for Shepparton Lady Gators at Shepparton Sports Stadium on Saturday night.
The Gators snapped a five-game losing streak against Big V basketball rival North East Bushrangers with five players recording nine points or more in the five-point win.
The home side led at every change and fended off a second-half comeback to complete a home-and-away double against the struggling Bushrangers.
Gators coach Chris Judd was delighted to see his team answer his call for more contributors.
‘‘The second quarter turned the game,’’ Judd said.
‘‘We got out and ran the ball and when we do that we’re as good as anyone in this competition.
‘‘We got a 15-point lead and after that it was a pretty messy finish, but we never really looked like we were going to lose it.’’
Rhianna Barton continued her consistent season, registering another monster double-double consisting of 18 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
Tamica Roy (14 points) shackled and outscored Bushrangers go-to scorer Rachel Jeffery (11 points) and Dee Cook contributed little on the scoreboard, but worked hard on defence and facilitated the offence with nine assists.
Marni Sharp — 15 points on 6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt — and Meg Hanna (4-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt) made the most of their opportunities.
Sharp checked in during the second quarter and her work at both ends of the floor helped the Gators win the quarter 26-14 and take a stranglehold on the game.
‘‘Marni was a bit of a force both ways, which was good to see,’’ Judd said.
‘‘Tamica got a corkie in the third quarter and Rachel got some points, but she came back on and stopped her again and when you take the biggest threat out of the game you’re in a good position.
‘‘We paid attention the entire game, worked hard on defence and contained them, so we didn’t have to steal the ball.’’
Stacey Browne top-scored for the Bushrangers with 23 points, while Jeffery, Alana Sutton and Holly Bawden chipped in 11 each.
The Gators are seventh, with four wins from 14 games, and face sixth-placed Casey Cavaliers, who have nine wins, this weekend.
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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