Shepparton News

Jekyll and Hyde turn up

LADY GATORS GO FROM ORDINARY AGAINST ECHUCA TO BRILLIANT AGAINST WODONGA THE NEXT DAY

- By Lauren Bordin

Jekyll and Hyde came out at the weekend in the Shepparton Lady Gators’ double header.

Travelling to Echuca to take on the previously winless Pirates, the Lady Gators presented a Mr Hyde type performanc­e they would like to forget.

But following the surprise loss to Echuca, the following day Jekyll turned out and Shepparton put on a phenomenal show to defeat Wodonga Lady Wolves.

Lady Gators coach Chris Judd said the difference between both games was astronomic­al.

‘‘We had a big talk (after the match against Echuca) and the upshot was that I put it on the girls to have a bit more pride in how they went about their game and how they prepared,’’ Judd said.

‘‘It was chalk and cheese, we couldn’t do anything wrong (against Wodonga), Marni Sharp shot the lights out and Rhianna Barton was again steadfast.’’

Sharp shot a whopping 34 points in Sunday’s 97-54 thrashing of the Wolves, making it a combined 51 points from the star across the weekend.

Barton was also solid in both games, but her rebounding in the second match especially pleased Judd.

He also touted Sarah Carr as the way of the future with eight points in what Judd described as a breakout performanc­e for the teenager.

But while Sunday’s match resulted in the Lady Gators producing their best basketball, it was a wide berth from their efforts on Saturday night in which the first half belonged to Echuca.

In a similar fashion to its matches against Kyneton and Maryboroug­h, the Lady Gators continued their habit of giving away a deficit and then running out of time to wrestle the lead.

‘‘When you don’t turn up to the event until after halftime, you really are found wanting,’’ Judd said.

‘‘I noticed that they didn’t have any intensity in their warm-ups and they were lacklustre, perhaps I think that they thought it would be an easy game and of course if you allow players to shoot then they’re going to get some of those.’’

Down 11-3 nearly halfway through the first term, Shepparton found a way to steal back momentum and even up the scoreline late in the quarter.

The Lady Gators fell 14 points behind during the third term, but that provided the kick to make a change although it came too late.

Barton was influentia­l on the scoreboard with 19 points, while Marni Sharp (17) and Sarah Down (14 points) also contribute­d in the 74-80 loss.

 ??  ?? First to the source: Shepparton Gator Rhianna Barton wins the tip off.
First to the source: Shepparton Gator Rhianna Barton wins the tip off.
 ?? Pictures: Steve Huntley ?? Concentrat­ing: Shepparton Gator Marni Sharp bolts through the pack.
Pictures: Steve Huntley Concentrat­ing: Shepparton Gator Marni Sharp bolts through the pack.

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