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Women’s basketball wrap: Aces Sky fend off Tornadoes Red in stunning comeback

Holly PrenticeBunbury Herald
Aces Sky's Molly Wicks and Tornadoes Red's Sophia Tomas.
Camera IconAces Sky's Molly Wicks and Tornadoes Red's Sophia Tomas. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Aces Sky have narrowly beaten Tornadoes Red in a nailbiter on Friday night.

Red started strong, with some all-round offence giving them a 14-point lead by quarter time thanks to some great work from Jasmine Barrett.

That strength continued into the second quarter, with Tornadoes outscoring Aces to lead 37-23 at the major break.

However the third quarter saw Aces come alive and begin their comeback run, reducing Tornadoes to score only six points for the quarter.

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The pressure was on for Tornadoes heading into the final quarter, with Aces setting a pace that was unable to be matched.

A one-two punch of stellar three’s from Aces’ Isabella Wilmot and Amarah Mohammad sealed the comeback for Sky, winning 59-51.

Aces Sky now rise to third on the ladder while Tornadoes Red sit fourth, however percentage is the only thing separating teams placed second to fourth.

Sky next play Eaton Eagles on Friday night while Red play Aces Navy.

Tornadoes Black delivered a thrashing to Eaton Eagles Friday night, winning by 61 points.

Black’s Javene Fitch got the ball rolling, with her side scoring 12 unanswered points before the Eagles’ Charlotte Lofgren got the Eagles on the board.

However, scoring machines Tiahna Sears and Javene Fitch led Black to a 25-point lead at half-time.

From there the Eagles tried to close the gap thanks to some great shooting from Jessica Dowsett, but it wasn’t enough to catch the miles-ahead Black.

The final quarter was steamroll of scores for Black, racking up 24 points in the final term, winning 102-41.

Tiahna Sears was gigantic, scoring as many individual points as the entire Eagles side with 41 including one three-pointer.

Black has cemented their place on top of the ladder as the season draws to a close, six wins ahead of the second-placed Aces Navy, while the Eagles remain at fifth.

Black take on bottom-placed Conquerors Friday night while Eagles take on Aces Sky.

Aces Navy recorded a substantial win over Conquerors on Friday night, winning 86-56.

The game was evenly matched in the first quarter, both sides trading shots to result in a narrow six point lead for Conquerors by quarter-time.

The second quarter saw a string of fouls slow down momentum for Conquerors, giving Acesthe chance to fight back and set the new lead of 43-35 going into half-time.

Navy found their groove in the third with some great work from Ngaire Parish and Mackenzie Pitter helping to prevent Conquerors from fighting pack.

A string of scores from Mellika Winmar-Collard and Emily Brough in the dying minutes wasn’t enough for the Conquerors to come back, falling short of Navy by 30 point.s.

Navy now sit second at the ladder only by percentage, tied for wins with Aces Sky and Tornadoes Red, while Conqueror’s remain with one win under their belt.

Navy next face Tornadoes Red while Conquerors take on the challenge of top-placed Tornadoes Black.

Aces Sky's Isabella Wilmot and Tornadoes Red's Cassie Ferris.
Camera IconAces Sky's Isabella Wilmot and Tornadoes Red's Cassie Ferris. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Aces Sky's Molly Wicks.
Camera IconAces Sky's Molly Wicks. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Aces Sky's Amarah Mohammad and Tornadoes Red's Jean Coyle.
Camera IconAces Sky's Amarah Mohammad and Tornadoes Red's Jean Coyle. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Eaton Eagle's Jessica Dowsett and Tornadoes Black's Tiahna Sears.
Camera IconEaton Eagle's Jessica Dowsett and Tornadoes Black's Tiahna Sears. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Tornadoes Black's Zaya Black and Eaton Eagles’ Jessica Dowsett.
Camera IconTornadoes Black's Zaya Black and Eaton Eagles’ Jessica Dowsett. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Tornadoes Black's Tiahna Sears.
Camera IconTornadoes Black's Tiahna Sears. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Aces Navy's Alexis Donovan.
Camera IconAces Navy's Alexis Donovan. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Aces Navy's Meisha Norman and Conquerors’ Emily Brough.
Camera IconAces Navy's Meisha Norman and Conquerors’ Emily Brough. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Conquerors Giana Stiles and Aces Navy's Meisha Norman.
Camera IconConquerors Giana Stiles and Aces Navy's Meisha Norman. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

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