Report- Sunday 2 June 2019
It was a road double clean sweep for the Mount Gambier Pioneers’ women’s side on Sunday afternoon as they fought hard to overcome a dogged Central Districts opponent by 18 points. Once again it was a story of two halves with the Pioneers being outplayed in the first half before fighting back to close out the match in fine form with a 56-27 second half blitz proving too much for the Lions to handle.
The opening term was a tightly fought affair as both sides attempted to settle into the contest as a defensive battle ensued. After being down early, the Pioneers went on an 11-2 run and out of nowhere they edged ahead by six points. The offence of the Pioneers’ big three in Amanda Frost, Pachis Roberts and Emily Winter was proving dangerous and the Lions would have their hands full for most of the afternoon as they attempted to contain the trio. A late basket to Lions’ captain Casey Banwell ensured the Lions went into the first break trailing by just two points.
The second term belonged to the home side as they piled the pain on the Pioneers, outscoring them 21-8 for the quarter. Jazmen Boone scored 8 of her 19 points in the second stanza to match the entire Pioneers team for scoring in the term. It was clear that the Pioneers were fatigued after a heavy schedule in recent weeks but this was a game they just had to win and they needed a match winner to emerge in the second half to keep them at the pointy end of the ladder. The last 11 points of the term belonged to the Lions and they entered the half time huddle with all the momentum up by 11 points.
The Pioneers were desperate for first points in the second half, but they would not be forthcoming as Jazmen Boone continued to hurt the visitors this time from inside as she laid in the easy two. Not to be outdone, Pachis Roberts responded with a layup basket of her own and from there the Pioneers started to turn it on at the offensive end. Pachis Roberts and Emily Winter were sensational in the third term as they combined for 30 of the Pioneers’ 34 points (88% of their scoring). Central Districts were shell shocked as they saw their dominant advantage evaporate before their very eyes as the Pioneers went on a 34-17 third term rout. A late free throw from Boone cut the Pioneers’ advantage to six points with 10 minutes of action ahead.
The Pioneers came out of the final change with all the momentum and they kept their third term form going as baskets to Maddy Wormald, Emily Dawe, Mel Russell and Pachis Roberts set the visitors on a match changing 10-2 run and suddenly the Pioneers held a 14-point advantage. Boone did her best to add some respectability to the scoreboard with successive baskets but the Pioneers countered with successive baskets of their own courtesy of Emily Winter. Those final two baskets from Winter would be the nail in the Lion’s coffin and the visitors emerged with an 82-64 victory. Emily Winter finished with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the Pioneers whilst Pachis Roberts added 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals for the visitors. Jazmen Boone was the standout for the Lions with 19 points and Niroshka Perez-Crespo finished with 13 points.
Both sides will now enjoy the long weekend away from the hardwood before gearing up for Round 15 where the two sides will do battle once more, this time on the Pioneers home floor at the Ice House on Saturday 15 June.