Win crit­i­cal for play-offs berth

South Western Times - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

THE Printsync South West Slam­mers women’s side is sweat­ing on the avail­abil­ity of key play­ers Ge­or­gia Dene­hey and Tori Fisher for Satur­day’s clash with the Perry Lakes Hawks at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre.

Dene­hey suf­fered two sep­a­rate head knocks at the week­end, while Fisher missed both games af­ter hav­ing her wis­dom teeth re­moved.

Slam­mers coach Peter Harper said he was hop­ing for both to play.

“Ge­or­gia, I am pretty sure will be right,” he said.

“Tori is a 50-50 chance.”

This week­end’s clash against the Hawks is one of the big­gest of the sea­son for both teams, as the race for play-offs po­si­tions heat up.

The Slam­mers sit sev­enth on the SBL lad­der with a 7-9 record, while the Hawks are in ninth and just one win out­side of the top-eight.

Dene­hey (14 points, five re­bounds) and im­port Char­lotte van Kleef (22 points, six re­bounds) both starred for the Slam­mers last time they played Perry Lakes, when they recorded a 68-53 vic­tory.

That night the Slam­mers were able to re­strict Hawks stars An­to­nia Farn­worth and Natalie Bur­ton to just 31 points be­tween them.

Bur­ton, who has played more than 100 WNBL games, is one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s best play­ers and is av­er­ag­ing 16 points and 12 re­bounds a game, while Farn­worth has re­signed with the Perth Lynx and is av­er­ag­ing 18 points a game.

Harper said Fisher would be the ideal match-up for Bur­ton.

“If not, then it will be a com­bined ef­fort of Courtney (Bayliss), Cian (Parsons) and Beige (Har­ris),” he said.

Dene­hey would likely get the de­fen­sive job on Farn­worth in the ab­sence of in­jured guard Raya Thomp­son.

Harper said with the race to fi­nals, wins were vi­tal.

“A win on Satur­day would nearly se­cure us a play-offs berth,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant that we beat the teams that are be­low us.

“We have beaten them with Bur­ton and Farn­worth be­fore.

“Hope­fully we can do it again, even though they are in bet­ter form.”

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