Turning up pressure
THE Perth Lynx were back in front of the roaring Red Army last Friday night as they clashed with the Adelaide Lightning for the second time in two weeks.
The first encounter proved to be a tough battle which saw the Lightning hold on to the Lynx’s tails for the first three quarters before succumbing to the relentless defensive pressure that allowed the Lynx to run away with the 93-85 win.
The addition of new import Kayla Standish saw the Lightning get their fifth win against the Canberra Capitals last weekend, with Standish finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
This new-look Lightning team found comfort in the Bendat Basketball Centre where the game was closely fought for four quarters.
Despite the efforts of the Lynx’s fist-pumping superstar Sami Whitcomb, who had five three-pointers for the game, and Betnijah Laney who contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds, Adelaide still kept within single-digit figures.
This was mostly thanks to Lelani Mitchell's stellar 26-point performance, which inspired the Adelaide team to rally behind their leader and ensure the game was fought right to the wire.
It came down to the final three minutes when the Lynx were able to pull away and secure the win by eight points.
This weekend, the Lynx have a tough double-header in Queensland against South East Queensland Stars and the Townsville Fire, both of whom share the number one position on the ladder with the Lynx.
Hopefully we can come away with two wins and cement our place at the top of the league.