Lady Supercats protect fortress
The Roderick Geelong Lady Supercats maintained their unbeaten at home record with a 79-61 win over Albury/Wodonga Saturday night.
Abby Schrader led the way with 20 points and 16 rebounds while the biggest story of the night came through Candice Rogers who was taken for x-ray’s with a dislocated finger.
Deanna Smith also missed after a small operation on her foot earlier in the week and is in doubt for Sunday’s clash away to Kilsyth.
Rogers’ exit after just eight minutes, in which she quickly scored an impressive 12 points made the way for young players in the roster to get their opportunity against the bottom side.
Emily Koroneos and Grace Parker played minutes above their season average and contributed well.
The younger members of the roster drew praise from captain Kylie Morrissy.
“It was great to get everyone who was suited up onto the court and get quality minutes into our younger players,” Morrissy said.
“I was really impressed with the young girls tonight, we played them together.
“Emily (Koroneos) took control from the point, she had Grace (Parker) being really strong both defensively and offensively and Maddie (White) looking to drive and create for others as well.
“It’s great to get the minutes into those young players and get the experience at SEABL level and going into finals if we’ve got injuries we might need to put them on for some minutes.”
The Lady Supercats won the first three quarters and led 45-25 before the travelling side had something to take home, winning the last quarter 17-12.
Morrissy said it would be a ‘wait and see’ prospect with Rogers as to whether she would play Sunday against Kilsyth.
“She dislocated her little finger, they popped it back in but gone to get x-ray’s before tomorrow and we’ll go from there. We’ll reassess when we know more.”
Morrissy was pleased to come away with the win and spoke highly of Schrader’s contribution.
“We did everything we needed to do. We won, played hard, saw out the game and shared the minutes around to get some experience into the young girls,” she said.
“We also need to turnaround tomorrow and be just as competitive for Kilsyth.
“A big game for her, especially with the putbacks. It was really her rebounding and finishing under the basket. We saw that in the stats when we had 40 points in the pain and a lot of those came from her.