The Suns advance to SBL semi- finals
THE Kalamunda Eastern Suns women are into the semi- finals of the State Basketball League after beating the Willetton Tigers in two games in their quarterfinal match up.
The Eastern Suns finished the SBL regular season in fifth position ahead of their series with the fourth- placed Tigers. Kalamunda won Game 1 at Willetton Basketball Stadium 72- 65 to set up Game 2 at Ray Owen Sports Centre on Friday night.
A record crowd turned out to cheer on the Kalamunda women, who got the job done, beating Willetton 79- 73 to advance to the semi finals.
The Suns did have to come from 10 points down early but responded well, with Jennie Rintala starring with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Alex Ciabattoni added 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Jorjah Smith 12 points and four assists, Marlee Bushe- Jones eight points and two steals, and Jewel Williams eight points and three rebounds.
Kalamunda now advacnes to the semi- finals to face the minor premier Lakeside Lightning with Game 1 on Friday night at Lakeside Recreation Centre.
The Lightning lost just once all season but Suns coach Tom Knowles is looking forward to the challenge.
“Willetton beat us both games in the regular season as we had two very bad games against Lakeside,” Knowles said.
“They are certainly tough, I’m not going to take anything away from them, and they have a very deep starting five. They all play really well. There’s absolutely no doubt they are going to be tough but anything’s possible in the finals arena.
“They’ll have a big crowd on Friday so I’m sure they’ll be pumped up to get the win and it’s definitely a tough road.
“But the girls are definitely up for the challenge and are keen to go out and fight as hard as they can, and see where we can get to.”
Marlee Bushe- Jones scored eight points for the Eastern Suns.