Lee’s haul can’t save Cougars
A CELEBRATION of women’s round was not enough to get the Cockburn Cougars women over the line against the Joondalup Wolves on Friday night.
The visitors took an early lead before Cockburn, donning pink socks and hair scrunchies to celebrate the role of women in basketball, clawed their way back to parity in the third quarter.
Both teams exchanged buckets for the majority of the third before the ladderleading Joondalup put their foot down and ran away with the 84-68 win.
Import Kisha Lee kept the Cougars in the game, dropping a game-high 35 points, but captain Vanessa Michael (10 points) was the only other player to reach double digits.
An injury to men’s captain Gavin Field in the third quarter struck a massive blow to the Cougars in their match against the Wolves.
After allowing the visitors to get off to a quick start, Cockburn dragged the margin back and went neck and neck with Joondalup for most of the game until Field limped off the court with a leg injury.
Field failed to return for the rest of the match and Joondalup took advantage of Cockburn losing their main man, securing the 8680 win.
Jaarod Holmes top scored for the Cougars with 18 points while Seva Chan (14), Jake Harris (13) and Field (11) also played strongly.
Across town, Lakeside Lightning’s women demolished East Perth by 50 points, keeping their opponents to just 36 points for the whole match while sinking 86 themselves.
Ashleigh Grant top scored for Lakeside with 22 points in the lopsided game, while Claire Jacobs hit a season’s best 17.
The Lakeside men were not so successful in their match, going down to East Perth 88-82.
Former Perth Wildcat Drew Williamson kept the Eagles on top of the visitors with 23 points, including five triples, while Lakeside’s Rowan Mackenzie dropped a game-high 24 points.
After nine rounds, Lakeside’s women and men sit second and fourth on their respective ladders while Cockburn are in 11th and 12th.
Cockburn will play a double header in round 10, first taking on the Warwick Senators away on May 17 before returning home to host the Mandurah Magic on May 18. Tip-off for the home game is from 5pm for the women and 7pm for the men.
Lakeside’s men will travel to take on the Goldfields Giants on May 18 while their women will have the bye.