Win­less Pumas’ coach still happy

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport -

Pumas’ sea­son has ended win­less af­ter they lost to Light­ning in the last round of the sea­son.

De­spite no wins on the lad­der this sea­son, coach Nic Gleghorn said she was happy with the sea­son.

“I’m re­ally proud of my young team,” she said.

“We’ve been de­vel­op­ing our ju­nior play­ers up through the ranks and it’s great to see our se­nior play­ers such as Ellerby Schultz, Mia Gleghorn and Caitlin Wilson men­tor­ing the younger girls.”

“It’s been a great year and I’m re­ally happy.”

Their last game of the sea­son didn’t dis­ap­point and it was a close match-up.

In­ten­sity was high as Pumas had noth­ing to lose but Light­ning didn’t want to go into fi­nals off the back of a win.

Light­ning ap­plied some tight pres­sure through the mid-court, fraz­zling their op­po­nents and as a re­sult they held a steady se­v­en­goal lead at the first break.

But it wasn’t enough to stop Pumas.

They came out giv­ing their all, with young­ster Han­nah Trusso pro­vid­ing some cru­cial turnovers.

Ken­dall Schuts worked tire­lessly for Light­ning but Pumas turned things around and scores were level, 24-all at half-time. It was a scrappy stop-start third quar­ter, but Light­ning’s young gun Mary Burke didn’t miss many shots and her side held a mere one-goal lead head­ing into the final quar­ter.

The last quar­ter played out much the same and it was a strug­gle for both sides to break away.

With a missed op­por­tu­nity un­der the ring from Pumas and only min­utes left, Light­ning cap­i­talised and then bided their time.

Light­ning walked away with a close three-goal win, 48-45.

Kazuals ce­mented their top spot head­ing into fi­nals with an eight­goal win over Aztecs.

De­spite hold­ing the up­per hand at ev­ery quar­ter, it was a close last quar­ter.

Aztecs trailed by three goals at the first break and at half-time, but they ramped things up in the third quar­ter.

Kazuals shoot­ers Mis­cha West­lake and Zoe Sell­ers were hard to stop but their side only held a one­goal lead head­ing into the final quar­ter.

Aztecs couldn’t keep up with Kazuals, whose ac­cu­racy got them over the line with a 62-45 win.

The semi­fi­nals will take place on Fri­day with a re­peat of last week’s game, with Kazuals taking on Aztecs.

Sit­ting third and fourth, both Falcons and Light­ning will need a win to keep them­selves in the fi­nals cam­paign.

Light­ning’s Brittany Pethick de­fends a shot at goal by Pumas’ Izzy Schultz.

Aztecs’ Sul­wyn Mut­ter gets a pass ahead of Kazuals’ Shan­non Clune.

Pumas’ Caitlin Wilson de­fends as Light­ning’s Mary Burke goes for a shot.

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