Lee’s haul can’t save Cougars

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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