Road trip has ups and downs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - with Natalie Bur­ton

THE Perth Lynx racked up some more fre­quent flyer points last week­end as they went on the road for the fi­nal two games of a test­ing four games in eight days road trip.

This time it was to Mel­bourne to play the Dan­de­nong Rangers who were feel­ing a buzz com­ing off their 20-point win over sec­ond on the lad­der Sydney Flames the pre­vi­ous week.

De­spite know­ing the Rangers would come out fir­ing and pumped up, the Lynx failed to match their in­ten­sity in the first quar­ter af­ter get­ting off to a slow start. The sec­ond quar­ter showed im­prove­ment from Lynx de­fence, which helped the flow of of­fence, but Dan­de­nong were still able to go into half time with a seven-point lead.

The Lynx man­aged to come back from a 10-point deficit in the fi­nal min­utes of the last quar­ter, but it was too lit­tle too late and they ended up go­ing down by an ag­o­nis­ing two points.

It’s tough to lose such tight games, but it was a re­minder to the girls how im­por­tant it is to be ready to play right from the tip off.

With this les­son in mind, the Lynx took to the court the fol­low­ing night for the sec­ond game of the week­end against the Mel­bourne Boomers.

While it wasn’t a start that saw the Lynx take a big lead, it was enough to keep the score rel­a­tively even through­out the first half. Up un­til half time, both teams bat­tled it out but the sec­ond half was a dif­fer­ent story.

The Lynx con­tin­ued their re­lent­less de­fence forc­ing the Mel­bourne side to crack un­der the pres­sure as they strug­gled to keep up with our fast-paced style of game. Af­ter a lot of hard work, the Lynx came away with a 10-point win to keep the top place on the lad­der.

The Lynx can now re­cover and get back into a rou­tine with two home games be­fore the Christ­mas break.

We’re look­ing for­ward to some home crowd sup­port this Fri­day at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre.

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