Brave Spirit fall short against Fire in Geelong

7 January 2024 | Bendigo Spirit news

A brave Bendigo Spirit have fallen short against WNBL title favourites Townsville Fire in Geelong on Sunday afternoon.

The Spirit got within a solitary point early in the final term to make a game of it before the reigning champs powered home to prevail 86-72.

Guard Ally Wilson was outstanding in a losing cause for Bendigo, dropping a team-high 19 points to go with four rebounds and four assists.

Coming off a player-of-the-round performance in last week’s win over Melbourne Boomers, Alicia Froling continued her impressive run of form with 13 points and six rebounds.

Import Mehryn Kraker (11 points, three rebounds and three assists) also reached double figures, while captain Kelsey Griffin (nine points and six rebounds) had an impact at both ends of the floor.

Bendigo went on a 6-0 run either side of three-quarter time as Kraker scored a couple of important buckets.

But Townsville barely missed after that, flexing their muscle to extend their lead atop the WNBL ladder.

The Spirit’s next assignment is against Adelaide at Red Energy Arena on Wednesday, starting at 5pm.

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