Solid vic­to­ries as

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham Hor­nets and Lady Hor­nets showed no signs of hol­i­day rust at Hor­sham Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium on Saturday night, both post­ing solid vic­to­ries against Gee­long in their first games af­ter the Christ­mas-new Year break.

The Lady Hor­nets took the court at 6pm and were in im­me­di­ate con­trol against the Su­per­cats.

Five Lady Hor­nets scored in the first quar­ter, led by for­ward Faith Mckenzie’s eight points, and helped the home side to a 24-8 lead.

The mar­gin was never closer than 11 points af­ter quar­ter time as Hor­sham can­tered to a 71-46 vic­tory.

Cen­tre Caitlin Story was at her best for the Lady Hor­nets, with 20 points in her 50th game.

Coach Damien Kil­patrick Story for her con­sis­tency.

“She doesn’t do any­thing wrong, ever,” he said.

“She is such a con­sis­tent player for us week in and week out.”

Kil­patrick also lauded the con­tri­bu­tions of Mckenzie, who fin­ished the game with 18 points.

“She was her usual self as well,” he said.

“She al­ways gives 110 per­cent when she’s on the court. praised

“It might lead to oc­ca­sional mis­takes, but you know she’s al­ways go­ing to give full ef­fort.”

Young guard Nekaela But­ler stepped into the start­ing line-up for the first time in the ab­sence of Shan­non Cross and sis­ters Ema and Mad­die Ire­dell.

“We only told her a minute be­fore the game that she was start­ing, but I thought she han­dled it re­ally well and played a great game,” Kil­patrick said.

“Our goal at the start of the sea­son was ob­vi­ously to win the whole thing, but also to start de­vel­op­ing some younger play­ers.

“If Nekaela and some of the other young play­ers can con­sis­tently play like she did, we’ll be in a good po­si­tion for years to come.”

The Lady Hor­nets will be at home again this week­end, with a dou­ble­header against the War­rnam­bool Mer­maids on Saturday at 6pm and Bel­lar­ine Storm on Sun­day at noon.

Kil­patrick said the Lady Hor­nets would have a full team to pick from.

PRES­SURE: Hor­sham Lady Hor­net Jess Can­nane ap­plies pres­sure dur­ing Saturday night’s match. Pic­tures: PAUL CARRACHER

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