Depth shines through

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Hor­sham Hor­nets men and women have a fort­night to pre­pare for games against their tough­est op­po­nents after win­ning dou­ble head­ers at the week­end.

The Hor­nets – who are un­de­feated on top of both the men’s and women’s lad­ders – will travel to Bendigo for round seven of Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League’s north-west con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 25.

Men’s play­ing coach Cam Bruce said his charges’ tri­umphs over Castle­maine and Kyne­ton at the week­end stood his team in good stead for the re­main­der of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had a few play­ers miss­ing on Sun­day and quite a few sick or in­jured, so it was good to come away with the win,” he said. “Our depth held up well.” Bruce was un­avail­able for Satur­day’s match against the Can­nons, which the Hor­nets won 92-73.

He slot­ted back into the side on Sun­day for the team’s 37-point vic­tory against the Tigers.

Bruce said ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers Tim Pick­ert and Matt Lovel showed plenty of lead­er­ship on the court.

“They played well in both games and re­ally led from the front,” he said.

Pick­ert top scored on Satur­day night with a 22-point haul, fol­lowed by Lovel, 16, and Damien Skur­rie, 15.

Pick­ert and Lovel dropped 21 points apiece on Sun­day to cause headaches for the op­po­si­tion, which had a good spread of scor­ers but none in dou­ble fig­ures.

Bruce said his out­fit would go about business as usual ahead of the show­down against the Braves.

The Hor­nets de­feated Bendigo con­vinc­ingly in round three to the tune of 52 points, how­ever Bruce said his charges would not be com­pla­cent.

“At the start of the sea­son they were tipped to win the con­fer­ence by league of­fi­cials,” he said.

“The first time we played them they were miss­ing two or three play­ers, so it will be a good test next time around.”

Lady Hor­nets

Depth also helped get the Lady Hor­nets over the line at the week­end.

Hor­sham was too strong for the Lady Can­nons on Satur­day night, ac­count­ing for Castle­maine 83-40 in what coach Gareth His­cock la­belled a ‘scrappy’ af­fair.

“I was try­ing to rest a few play­ers on Satur­day night be­cause I knew we were go­ing to be short on Sun­day,” he said.

“On Sun­day we were with­out three of our po­ten­tial start­ing play­ers and Kyne­ton has a re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre who used to play for the Bendigo Lady Braves, Michelle Fletcher.

“She’s an ex­pe­ri­enced WNBL player and she was re­ally good early, how­ever we were able to ma­nip­u­late the game a lit­tle bit and up the tempo, which tired her out a lit­tle.

“We trailed all game and we were able to fight back and get over the line at the end, which was re­ally good.”

The Hor­nets won by four points, 61-57.

“We only had eight play­ers but they all tried re­ally hard,” His­cock said.

He said Shan­non Rein­heimer was un­able to play much on Sun­day be­cause she was in­jured on Satur­day night. “Shan­non took on three charges on Satur­day night and was re­ally sore on Sun­day,” he said.

“She’s only a lit­tle thing but she’s de­ter­mined and strong and she stands up to all the big­ger play­ers.”

Ema Ire­dell top scored with 28 points on Satur­day night but was un­avail­able for Sun­day’s match.

Caitlin Story led the way against Kyne­ton, con­tribut­ing 23 points, fol­lowed by Re­becca Mcin­tyre on 14.

Liv Jones was un­avail­able for the week­end while So­phie Alexan­der is due to re­turn to the side against Bendigo at Bendigo on Novem­ber 25.

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