Wan­garatta puts up a spir­ited fight but Wodonga prove too strong

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

JUST two points sep­a­rated Wan­garatta Lady War­riors and Wodonga Wolves at the fi­nal siren on Satur­day night, with the Wolves com­ing out vic­to­ri­ous.

Of­fen­sively, the War­riors looked set­tled and com­fort­able, while de­fen­sively the switch­ing and dis­rup­tive play put Wan­garatta in the box seat for their first win of the sea­son.

That was un­til the Wolves found their rhythm and with a num­ber of of­fi­ci­at­ing calls and non-calls go­ing against Wan­garatta, Wodonga was able to edge out the win.

The War­riors led at ev­ery break; 1914 af­ter the first stanza, 33-30 at half time and 56-49 at three quar­ter time, but the Wolves wouldn’t re­lent.

Not even 26 points to Jorja Reidy in her first game of the sea­son could get the Lady War­riors over the line.

It came down to a two minute pe­riod in the fourth quar­ter with four min­utes, the Wolves held a nar­row one-point lead be­fore two made free throws to Mel Kirby, a three-pointer to Bre­anna Green and a lay up to Jade McCowan the Wolves quickly pushed the lead to eight points.

Bil­lie Stem­mer, Jorja Reidy and a last sec­ond shot from Abbey Chap­man low­ered the lead to just two points at the fi­nal siren.

Alaana Northey played her first game for the War­riors this sea­son and chipped in 12 points, while Chloe Storer dis­played her amaz­ing work ethic run­ning the floor and grab­bing re­bound af­ter re­bound to fin­ish with 11 points.

Abbey Chap­man added nine points in her first game for the sea­son.

Lady War­riors’ coach Craig Northey said de­spite the loss there were plenty of pos­i­tives.

“I thought the young girls again played well, they looked even more com­fort­able on the court this game,” he said.

“We have trained more as a group and I think you can see that.

“Wodonga are a very good side so to push them like we did was awe­some.

“Alaana (Northey), Chloe (Storer), Jorja Reidy in her first game and Bil­lie Stem­mer again were all ex­cel­lent for us.”

Wan­garatta War­riors played Bendigo Braves on Sun­day in the first back-to-back of the sea­son, go­ing down 95-46 points.

Full re­port on Sun­day’s game in Wed­nes­day’s Chron­i­cle.

PHO­TOS: Cam Pot­ter

SO CLOSE: (From left) Abbey Chap­man and Alaana Northey re­turned, Jorja Reidy dropped 26 points in her first game of the sea­son and Mor­gan Byrne made her CBL War­riors’ de­but.

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