Shepparton Lady Gators have suffered a gut-wrenching loss in overtime to Melbourne University Black Angels.DAMEN FRANCIS May 20, 2014 3:15am
‘‘Gut-wrenching’’ is how Shepparton Lady Gators coach Chris Judd described Saturday night’s overtime loss to Melbourne University Black Angels at Shepparton Sports Stadium.
The home side led most of the night and by four points with the clocking winding down, when a technical foul was paid against the Gators’ bench.
The Black Angels were awarded two foul shots and possession, making one shot before banking in a speculative three-point attempt as the shot clock expired to level the scores.
The Gators took the ball forward and Marni Sharp was fouled on the final buzzer, giving her the chance to win the game from the charity stripe.
Unfortunately she was unable to convert either free throw, sending the game into overtime and with key Gator Rhianna Barton fouled out of the game, the Black Angels went on to win by five points.
‘‘We played extremely well,’’ Judd said.
‘‘They’re a very good side and we contained them and led for most of the night.
‘‘We had quite a number of turnovers that worked against us in the end and a few young errors and emotional errors cost us.’’
Making matters worse, the Gators had to back up with a road trip to second-placed Chelsea Gulls the following morning.
They stayed in the game to three-quarter time, but ran out of legs in the last and lost by 20 points.
Barton shot a game-high 25 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to go with her 11-point, 16-rebound double-double from the night before, but Gulls pair Lee Wilkins and US import Jasmine Lovejoy stole the show, combining for 44 points.
‘‘They had two girls that could seriously play,’’ Judd said.
‘‘Lovejoy scored a few points, but we held her pretty well, but Wilkins was knocking down points with hands in her face. We couldn’t have guarded her any better, she just had a night out.’’
Dee Cook was the other Gator to stand out, posting 18 points, 11 boards and five assists on Saturday night and dishing out seven dimes on Sunday, but Judd was proud of the efforts of all his players.
‘‘We played some great basketball, we were just trying a bit too hard with our ball movement, so we had a lot of turnovers, but our attitude and work ethic was first rate,’’ he said.
Barton (ankle), Mikaela Owen (shoulder-ribs) and Mia Beks (ankle) will be assessed this week.
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