Flames un­able to find a spark

UN­HAPPY NIGHT FOR ROCK­ING­HAM SIDES

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

IT wasn’t the Fri­day night the Rock­ing­ham Flames’ women’s and men’s teams were af­ter at Mike Bar­nett Sports Com­plex with both los­ing at the hands of the Perry Lakes Hawks.

It was al­ways go­ing to be a big ask for the Flames women tak­ing on the league-lead­ing Hawks who have lost just once all year to date.

Perry Lakes came to Rock­ing­ham and claimed the 70-47 vic­tory on Fri­day de­spite miss­ing four first-choice play­ers in­clud­ing New Zealand in­ter­na­tional and Perth Lynx star Toni Farn­worth.

The Flames scored just five firstquar­ter points and were never in the con­test de­spite 22 points, nine re­bounds and two blocked shots from im­port Chastity Reed.

Ari­ana Hether­ing­ton added seven points, six re­bounds and three steals for Rock­ing­ham, Dena English six points and four boards, and Jesni Cooper six points, three re­bounds and two steals.

The men’s con­test then had plenty on the line with the Flames and Hawks locked in a bat­tle over eighth po­si­tion.

It was Perry Lakes who proved too strong, claim­ing the hard fought 88-73 vic­tory.

It was a tough night for the Flames with it best summed up by Perth Wild­cats cham­pi­onship win­ner Dex­ter Ker­nich-Drew.

He com­peted hard but it just wasn’t his night miss­ing his first nine shots be­fore putting one in when com­plet­ing an al­ley-oop.

Ker­nich-Drew scored 19 points, seven re­bounds, four as­sists and three steals but shot just 3-of-16 from the field, 1-of-8 from deep and 12-of-15 at the foul line.

He then ended up with a busted mouth af­ter an el­bow when try­ing to de­fend a pass from Rob Cas­sir in the dy­ing sec­onds.

He has sub­se­quently been di­ag­nosed with a frac­tured jaw, rul­ing him out for the rest of the sea­son in a cruel blow to Rock­ing­ham’s play-off hopes.

The Flames will host their fi­nal home game this Fri­day night against the Kala­munda Eastern Suns with the men’s team need­ing to win to stay in the play-off race. Chris Pike

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