Waves back from win­less week­end

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sports - with Sarah Gra­ham

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.

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