Wangaratta puts up a spirited fight but Wodonga prove too strong
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.
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.