The Flyers were finally back on court again without a disruption last night at Dandenong Stadium.
It was a hot night for the girls who again played with a lot of grit and rode the game out until its final seconds. Going up against a hot team in the Perth Lynx again, the Flyers fell just short when it was all said and done, 78-85.
The Flyers were without starters Bec Cole and Aimie Rocci which gave young gun Dallas Loughridge a chance to suit up for her first time. Dallas is a product of South Gippsland and Dandenong Basketball and won silver with the u19 Australian FIBA squad last year.
Unfortunately, she didn’t get to touch the floor as the Flyers and Lynx played a close game all night. Starting with an Abby Bishop three ball, the Flyers looked like they hadn’t missed a beat.
Trading buckets most of the first quarter, it was Marina Mabrey, Sami Whitcomb and Jackie Young making a mark early for the Lynx, very similar to our last match up with Perth. Kristy Wallace step up in the starting line-up for the Flyers and made an impact early as well as Sara Blicavs who was back from injury.
At the first break the game was tied up, 21-21, and the second quarter was much the same. Blicavs scored some early points to push her out to the leading scorer at half time along with Abby Bishop. The Flyers shot 42% FG for the game and the Lynx shot 44%., which showed how even the scoring was.
The Lynx hit a layup with nine seconds to go before half time giving the Flyers only a two-point advantage to end the half, 46-44.
It took some time for the Flyers to reignite in the second half as fatigue started to show. Lynx got their first clearer lead of the night getting out by six points before Wallace hit a timely three then followed by Kate Gaze who caught on fire in the second half.
Whitcomb and Young kept the Lynx rolling on the offensive end but Gaze ended the quarter with a buzzer beater meaning the Flyers were only down two going into the last battle, 62-64.
The fourth started with a bang as Gaze added to two more threes to her tally and ended the night 4-4 from three. Both teams fought through heat and fatigue to give the fans an exciting finish. Captain O’Hea made a gutsy bucket to put Southside down by 2 with just over a minute to go but it wasn’t enough.
Unable to close out another close game, Lynx imports Young and Mabrey showed their skill. Bishop recorded her fourth double double of the season and Gaze ended up top scoring with 16 points.
The Flyers finally have a road game where they play Sydney Flames up at their home court. Southside fans catch all the action LIVE on Kayo Sports from 12:30PM.
MORE FLYERS ACTION IN ROUND 9
Southside Flyers vs. Sydney Uni Flames
Qudos Bank Arena
Sunday January 30th – Tip Off 12:30PM