Hor­nets fin­ish on a high

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Hor­sham Hor­nets men and women’s teams are sit­ting pretty in top spot of their re­spec­tive Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League north-west con­fer­ence lad­ders lead­ing into the Christ­mas break.

Both sides scored com­fort­able wins over Mary­bor­ough and Castle­maine at the week­end.

Men’s play­ing coach Cam Bruce said he en­joyed en­ter­ing the break on a high note.

“Any time you get two wins in a week­end is good,” he said.

“I was happy with how the boys played, es­pe­cially on Sun­day and the way they backed it up, be­cause it was hot the night be­fore.

“It was good to see the way we re­sponded to a few chal­lenges from Castle­maine on Sun­day, be­cause they got a bit of a lead on us a cou­ple of times and we were able to peg it back.”

Bruce put both wins down to a team ef­fort, with an even spread of scor­ers.

“Head­ing into Christ­mas with nine wins and one loss – we’ll take that,” he said.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to a break and we’ll get back into it in early Jan­uary.”

The Hor­nets will play fifth-placed Kyne­ton Tigers at home on Jan­uary 13.

Lady Hor­nets

Women’s coach Gareth His­cock said he was pleased with his charges’ per­for­mances in both en­coun­ters.

“Any time you score more than 200 points in a week­end is a good week­end,” he said.

Mary­bor­ough took a nar­row lead into quar­ter time dur­ing Satur­day’s match, with the Hor­nets turn­ing the ta­bles in the sec­ond term to head into half time eight points up.

The home side en­joyed a stel­lar sec­ond half to tri­umph by 45 points, 98-53.

Ema Ire­dell top-scored with 21 points, fol­lowed by Ge­or­gia His­cock, 20, and Mad­die Ire­dell, 18.

Castle­maine was no match for the Hor­nets on Sun­day, with Caitlin Story, 19, and Liv Jones, 18, lead­ing the Hor­sham out­fit to a 71-point vic­tory.

“Ge­or­gia His­cock and Liv Jones played well in both games, but all in all we had a re­ally good even spread,” His­cock said. “Ev­ery­one played re­ally well.”

His­cock said the Lady Hor­nets had hit their best form for the sea­son.

“The break isn’t at a bad time but we will need to try to main­tain mo­men­tum,” he said.

“If we win our next game we will fin­ish in top spot.”

The Hor­nets women have only one game left for the home-and-away Hor­sham Hor­nets d Mary­bor­ough Blaz­ers 89-61 Hor­sham Hor­nets d Castle­maine Can­nons 89-69 Co­lac Kookas d Ararat Red­backs 64-51

Hor­sham Hor­nets d Mary­bor­ough Blaz­ers 98-53 Hor­sham Hor­nets d Castle­maine Can­nons 103-32 Co­lac Kookas d Ararat Red­backs 79-66 sea­son, in Hor­sham against Kyne­ton on Jan­uary 13.

Ararat Red­backs

Ararat’s men and women’s teams recorded nar­row losses to Co­lac at the week­end but will be buoyed by im­proved per­for­mances as they en­ter the sea­son break.

The Red­backs men were com­pet­i­tive all game, with Zac Dun­more lead­ing the way with 17 points. The Red­backs women would have been dis­ap­pointed to not get the bet­ter of the Kookas a sec­ond time in the south-west con­fer­ence sea­son and will look to re­turn to the win­ners list against Terang on Jan­uary 13.

The Red­backs were best served by De­laney Mclough­lan and Ce­celia Ste­wart.

Men Women STRONG: Hor­sham Hor­nets coach Cam Bruce drives around Mary­bor­ough op­po­nent Dale Hickey dur­ing his side’s 28-point win over the Blaz­ers on Satur­day night. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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