Bar­ton nails bas­kets to save the night

Shepparton News - - BASKETBALL - By Oliver Caf­frey

Shep­par­ton Lady Ga­tors came from the clouds to de­feat Wal­lan by a point in a thrilling clash on Satur­day night.

The Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League north-east game went down to the wire, with cap­tain Rhi­anna Bar­ton prov­ing to be the hero.

Bar­ton sunk two free-throws with 29 sec­onds re­main­ing to give the Ga­tors the lead after the Pan­thers were in front by as much as six points early in the last quar­ter.

The for­mer Vic­to­ria Coun­try Big V cap­tain dragged her team across the line, with Bar­ton fin­ish­ing with a game-high 25 points in a dom­i­nant dis­play.

Bar­ton had some good sup­port from Kristy Down (10 points), while as­sis­tant coach Naomi Amos and Sarah Down were next in line with six points each. It was a cru­cial win for Chris Judd’s Ga­tors, who lost in the open­ing round against Wodonga be­fore win­ning their last two.

Wal­lan was best served by Jayda Hunter (13 points), Car­ley Cranston (11) and Macy Byrnes (10).

The Ga­tors have a break this week­end be­fore a dou­ble-header on Novem­ber 11 and 12 against Sey­mour and Myrtle­ford.

Pic­tures: Julie Mercer

(Above right) Grab and run: Maddi Moroney takes pos­ses­sion for Shep­par­ton Lady Ga­tors against Wal­lan. Up and away: Kristy Down was a key player in Shep­par­ton Lady Ga­tors’ Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League win on Satur­day night.

(Above left) Push and pass: Shep­par­ton Lady Ga­tors’ Naomi Amos played an im­por­tant role.

(Left) Driv­ing to the bas­ket: Bri­ana Moon worked hard for Shep­par­ton Lady Ga­tors.

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