Men back to win­ning ways

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

THE Perth Red­backs had mixed re­sults when the men’s and women’s teams took on Lake­side Light­ning as part of a dou­ble-header at Bel­mont Oa­sis on Satur­day.

The Women’s SBL ac­tion got un­der­way with the Light­ning con­tin­u­ing their im­pres­sive form, beat­ing the Red­backs by 13 points.

The Light­ning have now won five straight games to be look­ing good in third spot at 10-4 while the Red­backs have hit a rough patch, hav­ing lost four on the trot to slip to a 6-7 record.

Lake­side made a fast start with 28 points to 17 in the first quar­ter and were never re­ally headed from there.

Ali Sch­wag­meyer once again led the way for the Light­ning with 28 points, seven re­bounds and five steals, while shoot­ing ef­fi­ciently at 12-of-22 from the field and 2-of-4 from deep.

Syd­nee Fipps also had 23 points and 10 re­bounds for Lake­side, with Sam Roscoe fin­ish­ing with seven points and nine boards.

Re­becca Ben­son ended up with 16 points and three as­sists for the Red­backs de­spite not hit­ting a triple. She ended up shoot­ing 7-of-20. Jess Jak­ens added 12 points for Perth, while Emilee Har­mon fin­ished with nine points and six re­bounds, Gabby Clay­ton nine points and Lisa Wall­but­ton eight points and 17 boards.

In the Men’s SBL, the Red­backs were com­ing off losses to Wil­let­ton and Kala­munda head­ing into the clash with Lake­side.

Perth re­sponded well, com­ing away with the 22-point win to con­sol­i­date fourth po­si­tion at 10-6, while Lake­side slipped to 7-9 with the loss.

Mar­shall Nelson de­liv­ered 26 points and five re­bounds off the bench for the Red­backs while shoot­ing 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from down­town.

Lee Roberts fin­ished with 19 points and 14 re­bounds for Perth with Michael Vigor adding 14 points and eight boards, Shawn Red­hage 17 points and 10 re­bounds, Ben Smith 11 points, Kyle Bowen eight points and Joel Wag­ner 10 as­sists.

James Pad­gett fin­ished with 25 points, 13 re­bounds and three steals for Lake­side while Corey Shervill con­trib­uted 18 points and five boards.

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