Ade­laide bounces back for big win

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - REECE HOM­FRAY

THE only thing Ade­laide Light­ning didn’t do last night was crack the 100-point bar­rier.

But its 99-74 win over Dan­de­nong was still a sea­son-high for a team that is fi­nally get­ting some con­ti­nu­ity with all three im­ports play­ing to­gether.

While Nia Cof­fey, Kayla Alexan­der and Pen­ina David­son all con­trib­uted, it was Lau­ren Ni­chol­son who set the tone early and fin­ished with 20 points.

Ni­chol­son was 6/6 from the three-point line and 85 per cent from the field over­all in a dom­i­nant shoot­ing dis­play.

The Light­ning led by 11 at quar­ter-time and did not let up all night in a strong re­sponse to last week’s loss to Bendigo.

“I asked for a re­sponse and they’ve done ex­actly that, their workrate at prac­tice has been the best it’s been and we still have growth,” coach Chris Lu­cas said.

“Six peo­ple in dou­ble fig­ure (scor­ing) and 26 as­sists, and Lau­ren set the tone for us de­fen­sively, she did a great job on (Ben­it­jah) Laney, that was her tar­get tonight and I think the team did a good job of help­ing her.”

At 68-46 up in the third quar­ter Steph Bli­cavs — who cap­tained Dan­de­nong last year — took a big charge which typ­i­fied Ade­laide’s mind­set.

Two sloppy plays at the start of the fourth quar­ter led to Lu­cas call­ing a time-out to talk things over but Ade­laide switched back on to fin­ish the game strongly.

Late in the game they were still chas­ing good shot se­lec­tion with Nicole Seekamp driv­ing hard, kick­ing it wide to Cof­fey then back to David­son at the top of the key for a bas­ket.

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