Waves back from winless weekend
THE West Coast Waves have come home from yet another difficult and winless weekend away on the road.
Last Saturday afternoon, the Waves went down to the Bendigo Spirit 83-70 in a game the Waves desperately wanted to steal on the road.
Kelsey Griffin and Belinda Snell started the game aggressively for the Spirit, forcing the Waves to go into half-time down 43-27.
The third and fourth quarters saw the Waves yet again playing a game of catch-up with the hosts.
A strong third-quarter fightback saw the margin reduced to single figures, but the Spirit kept control and held the lead for the remainder of the game.
For the Waves, Cassie “Barbie” Harberts (12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists), Darcee Garbin (10pts, two rebounds) and Toni Edmonson (10pts, three rebounds) led the way, while Ebony Antonio ( 8pts, two rebounds) and Zoe Harper (6pts, six rebounds) played great supporting roles.
Sunday was always going to be difficult, with a 6am flight from Melbourne to Adelaide, followed by an 11am game against Adelaide Lightning. The Waves were looking good until the second half.
A massive third- quarter burst from the hosts delivered a big blow to West Coast’s plans of taking a win back to the west.
Laura Hodges and Angela Marino caused the most problems for the Waves, making the most of our defensive breakdowns and stuff-ups.
Harberts, Lindsey Moore and Deanna Smith were the best for the West in what was a very disappointing result.
The Waves will be training this week to prepare for another tough road double next weekend against Sydney and Canberra.