Beavers’ late push dashed

Pilbara News - - Sport - Peter de Krui­jff

■ There were some tough games played in the women’s di­vi­sion in round 4 of Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tion last Thurs­day.

Last year’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal­ists Sin­ners squared off against the Beavers in a steady game.

Sin­ners held off a late push by Beavers to win the game 15-12.

Beavers were down by five with only a minute and half to go need­ing at least one three pointer and a reg­u­lar bucket to tie the game, but they couldn’t get an open shot.

The ball rested in the hands of Re­becca Pen­glase (four points) and she drove to the bas­ket draw­ing the foul and sink­ing the two shots from the free-throw line.

Beavers re­cruit Bon­nie Bliz­zard got a bucket for her new team but was a bit handsy, get­ting called for four fouls.

Ni­cole Derr (six points) had the hot hand for Sin­ners, top scor­ing in the match, with sup­port from Teneille Dhu, Mere­ana Joseph, and Jac­que­line Gart­ner.

Across the court new team the Mud Flaps had a phys­i­cal game los­ing to last year’s A-grade grand fi­nal­ists Just Us 34-21. The te­na­cious Mud Flaps stayed in the match for much of the first 10 min­utes with Just Us up only 6-4 at one stage.

How­ever, the ex­pe­ri­enced Just Us squad pushed their lead out to 17-8 by half time with tall tim­ber Su­san Jans (four points) and Aroha Haumaha (15 points) bang­ing in the post for the points.

Haumaha locked horns with dy­namic point guard Sarah McDon­ald (four points) who hounded last year’s MVP with words ex­changed be­tween the pair to­wards the end of the game.

Just Us’ Roslyn Brown sparked up in the sec­ond term and had eight points for the game in a more even sec­ond half where they outscored Mud Flaps 17-13 to go on to win.

Pic­tures: Peter de Krui­jff

Heat’s Rangi Noble drives to the bas­ket in men’s ac­tion.

Sin­ners’ Jac­que­line Gart­ner tack­les an op­po­nent.

Sin­ners’ Teneille Dhu looks for a team­mate.

Just Us’ Aroha Haumaha blocks Keryn Eck­er­s­ley’s layup.

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