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BSBL 2022/23: Aces Sky extend undefeated streak to fifth win with 16-point victory over Tornadoes Red

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Tornadoes Red's Jasmine Barrett tries to get past Aces Sky's Cadence Edwards.
Camera IconTornadoes Red's Jasmine Barrett tries to get past Aces Sky's Cadence Edwards. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Aces Sky have continued to prove why they are the top dogs of the Bunbury Basketball Association’s women’s competition, defeating Tornadoes Red by 16 points in a top of the table clash.

The top team returned to competition from a weekly bye to take on Tornadoes Red during the seventh round of competition at the South West Sports Centre on Friday.

It was a fairly even start to the match with both teams putting plenty of pressure on each other early on.

Aces Sky's Abbey Hall and Tornadoes Red's Sarah Donovan contest the first tip-off.
Camera IconAces Sky's Abbey Hall and Tornadoes Red's Sarah Donovan contest the first tip-off. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

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While Aces Sky were able to build up a narrow lead, Tornadoes Red fought back with interceptions by Jasmine Barrett, driving by Sierraleone Simpson and rebounds by Sarah Donovan to take the lead 15-11 at quarter time.

Looking to fight back and take the lead, Aces Sky were quick to put the pressure on Tornadoes Red early in the second quarter via Abbey Hall and Tiahna Sears.

As the contest became more physical with players putting their bodies on the line, Tornadoes Red held strong to lead 25-22 at half-time.

Aces Sky's Abbey Hall contests with Tornadoes Red's Sarah Donovan.
Camera IconAces Sky's Abbey Hall contests with Tornadoes Red's Sarah Donovan. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Following the main break, Aces Sky continued to push for the lead with strong defence and plenty of interceptions in a bid to overwhelm Tornadoes Red.

As both teams started to match each other basket for basket, it was an interception by Sears that helped Aces Sky push ahead, going on to lead 44-34 at the final change.

Tornadoes Red's Sierraleone Simpson defends against Aces Sky's Imogen Soulos.
Camera IconTornadoes Red's Sierraleone Simpson defends against Aces Sky's Imogen Soulos. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

The final quarter saw Aces Sky start to dominate the court and extend their lead.

Although Tornadoes Red tried their hardest to make a comeback, Aces Sky held strong to come out on top 65-49, extending their undefeated streak to a fifth win.

Meanwhile, Tornadoes Black managed a huge win, defeating Eaton Eagles 91-45, while Aces Navy had the bye.

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