The Geelong Supercats spoiled Steph Reid’s return home for the Carrum Downs Laser Electrical Blues, erasing an 8 point final quarter deficit to steal a 75-67 road win in round 9 of the 2018 SEABL season.
Despite being in control for the majority of the game, the Blues were unable to match Geelong’s scoring down the stretch, with Geelong’s Ebony Rolph leading the way for the Supercats with a game-high 18 points. The Blues scored just 10 points in the final period while giving up 10 fouls in which the Geelong converted 12-14 from the free throw line en route to icing the game.
Following a stellar four years at the University at Buffalo where she was a three-time All-MAC Defensive Team member, Reid started confidently, knocking down her first shot of the game early on. She would go on to finish with 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in an impressive first game, with her defense an absolute highlight as she harassed Geelong’s guards all game.
Things started off well for the Blues, with Reid and Stacey Barr forming a dynamic back court pairing. With Reid in the lineup, the Blues starting five looked more balanced and they played like it with the scoring load spread around. Tocarra Ross got things going before Barr drained a big three to set the tone for the Blues. Shereesa Richards then got going, adding 6 points for the quarter as the Blues took control, leading by 5 at the first break.
The second term followed a similar script to the first, with Shannon Perrett draining an open triple before Geelong’s Eve Braslis responded to keep things close. Reid’s scoring at the charity stripe coupled with a nice inside bucket by Richards ensured the home side went into half time leading by 6.
Geelong exploded out of the blocks after the break, closing the margin to just 1 before Reid drained much-needed three-pointer. The Supercats continued to push, but triples to Hollingsworth, Barr and then Ross helped halt their momentum. When Richards scored back-to-back baskets, the Blues extended the lead to 10 and were threatening to blow open the game. Geelong would then go on a 7 point run before Reid steadied things at the other end courtesy of a three-point play and 5 straight points of her own before he side ended the quarter ahead by 7.
In what had become a dour defensive struggle, it was the visitors who lifted when it mattered most. Rolph tied the game up and then Daniela Wallen put the Supercats ahead for the first time since the opening minute with 6:07 to play. The next 4 minutes were intense, as both sides traded baskets, but it was Geelong who were slowly taking control of the game. The visitors made the most of the Blues being over the foul limit, converting at the line to seal a come-from-behind 8 point win.
Richards led the Blues in scoring with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, while Ross added 15 points and 7 rebounds. In addition to Reid’s 14 points, Barr added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. For Geelong, Rolph was one of five Supercats to score in double figures, with Chelsea Poppens adding 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Wallen had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
It was a devastating blow for the Blues who led for the majority of the game and were coming off their first win of the season last week against the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra. The loss leaves them sitting in last place with a 1-12 record, while Geelong managed to hang onto 8th place in the standings with a 6-6 record.
The Blues next host their return bout with the Centre of Excellence on Saturday, 16 June, tipping off at 6:30pm.