Following a devastating 2 point loss to the Sydney Uni Spakrs on the road a night earlier, the Carrum Downs Laser Electrical Frankston Blues were forced to back up against second-placed Kilsyth on Saturday night. While gallant all game against a very talented and deep opposition, the Blues would go down 57-81 in their Round 14 SEABL encounter.
While Stacey Barr backed up her big 29-point outing against the Sparks to pour in a team-high 16 points against the Cobras, 24 points from the Cobra’s bench compared to the Blues’ 4 was telling of the disparity in depth between the two sides.
With the Blues missing Shereesa Richards for the second consecutive week due to injury, their depth was tested against a Kilsyth line-up missing arguably their best player, Steph Blicavs, who was on national team duty with the Opals.
The Blues started strongly behind two straight three-pointers to Barr, and when Tocarra Ross backed up by hitting a wide-open mid-range jumper, the home side was up by 4. Both struggled to find the bottom of the net, as the defences took over the game. Kilsyth’s Jasmine Gill was looking ominous as she teamed with Angela Beadle to put the Cobras in front. Yet with a late triple to Barr, she would ensure the Blues took a 3 point lead into the first break.
Unfortunately for the Blues, the scoring dried up while the Cobras kept their’s ticking over. Barr’s two made free throws inside the first 3 minutes would be the only points scored by Frankston in the period as Gill and Beadle were starting to assert their dominance on the game and the cobra’s defense lifted a gear. With Alison Downie firing, she helped spark an 18-0 run that was capped by two free throws to Chelsea D’Angelo to close out the second period as Kilsyth opened up a commanding 38-23 lead at half time.
Playing with renewed purpose after the break, the Blues made inroads into the margin courtesy of Emma Nankervis who scored 6 of their first 8 points of the term. Just as Frankston threatened to get the margin back into single digits, the Cobras would strike back. Reid turned distributor to three-point shooter, draining two from deep to close the margin to 13 heading into the final quarter.
Ross and Barr did their utmost best to try and drag the Blues back into the contest, getting the margin back to 12. The Cobra’s just had too many scoring options for Frankston to contain, with Beadle, Taylor Lee and Hope Terdich powering their side to a convincing 24 point victory.
Kilsyth shot at 45% from the field while restricting the Blues to 32% shooting. They also owned the paint, outscoring Frankston 58-28, with 16 points coming off second chance opportunities.
Barr’s 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists led four Blues players to score in double figures, with Reid adding 12 points, Nankervis 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Ross contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds.
For the visitors, Beadle was best with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Gill added 14 points and 6 rebounds, with Terdich chiming in with 10 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.
The Blues will conclude their 2018 campaign with a road game against the unbeaten Bendigo on Friday night, while the Cobras look to lock up second place when they venture to Albury-Wodong on Saturday night.