Red­back re­bound for women, men

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - Chris Pike

THE Perth Red­backs men’s and women’s teams bounced back from dis­ap­point­ing losses on Fri­day night to con­tinue their solid starts to the sea­son.

On Fri­day night at Bel­mont Oasis, the women’s team lost 79-63 to the Perry Lakes Hawks, af­ter com­ing into the game on a three­game win­ing streak.

Perry Lakes proved too strong for the four quar­ters, putting their foot down in the sec­ond and fourth pe­ri­ods to end up record­ing the 16-point vic­tory to im­prove to 7-0 on the sea­son.

Nat Bur­ton had a ter­rific bat­tle all night with Red­backs im­port Emilee Har­mon, with Bur­ton fin­ish­ing with 15 points and 11 re­bounds.

The men’s team fell to the Hawks 90-85 in the sec­ond game of the dou­ble header at Bel­mont Oasis.

Af­ter be­ing out­played on Mon­day night against Stir­ling by Ash Lit­t­er­ick, the chal­lenge was in front of Hawks big man Brian Carl­well to de­liver against the Red­backs and he was un­stop­pable in the first half up against Perth teenager Kyle Bowen.

Carl­well an­swered the chal­lenge in re­mark­ably dom­i­nant fash­ion with 13 points and five re­bounds in the first quar­ter and 20 points and 10 boards in the open­ing half.

The Red­backs sim­ply had no­body who could match his size and he was catch­ing the ball low and grab­bing re­bounds at will, and putting the ball in the hole with lit­tle that Bowen, Shawn Red­hage or any­one else at Perth could do.

Carl­well fin­ished with 28 points, 20 re­bounds, four as­sists and three blocked shots.

On Satur­day night at Wally Hagan Sta­dium, the women’s team re­bounded with a 73-70 win over the Cock­burn Cougars

Emilee Har­mon bat­tled hard on Fri­day night against the Hawks bigs, who put plenty of phys­i­cal pres­sure on her.

She still con­trib­uted well and then bounced back on Satur­day with 27 points and 12 re­bounds on the back of shoot­ing 9-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-12 at the line.

Re­becca Ben­son shot just 6-of15 for the Red­backs but had a good all-round game with 19 points, three as­sists and three steals, while Ajay John­son con­trib­uted 14 points, three re­bounds and three as­sists.

The men’s team fol­lowed on with a com­fort­able 107-89 win over the Cougars.

Shawn Red­hage had a night out for the Red­backs, with the Perth Wild­cats leg­end de­liv­er­ing 46 points, 10 re­bounds, six as­sists and two steals on the back of shoot­ing 18-of-28 from the field and a per­fect 9-of-9 at the foul line.

He had strong sup­port from Ben Smith who had 26 points, four re­bounds and four as­sists nail­ing 4-of-6 of his three-point at­tempts.

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