Celtic Tigers 14GA held on to a narrow 31-23 defeat of the Drummo Dragons. Maggie Kratochvil was the game’s leading scorer with 18, whilst Drummo was led by Laura O’Connor who scored all 8 of her points in the second half. Despite the loss Drummo managed to get every player onto the scoresheet.
The game kicked off with both teams playing with great intensity and at a very fast pace. Drummo opened the scoring in the first minute of the match and quickly ran out to a 7-5 lead early. Both team coaches were extremely passionate on the sidelines positively encouraging their player’s every moves.
It wasn’t long until Celtic’s Maggie Kratochvil took over and scored in any way possible. Her ability to attack the ring and put the Drummo defence under pressure, then allowed her to set up her teammates for open shots. Despite the slow start, Celtic finished the opening half on a 12-0 run and went into the half time break with a commanding 17-7 lead.
Drummo opened the second half by looking to get the ball inside to low post threat Laura O’Connor, who immediately scored and cut into the Celtic lead. Unfortunately for every made Drummo basket, Maggie Kratochvil would quickly stem the flow, including a variety of entertaining spin and dribble moves. Despite the lead quickly reaching double figures again, Drummo fought hard to see the lead dwindle back to as little as 6 points. But unfortunately for Drummo, they left their run too late, as Celtic held on strongly to record 31-23 win.
This match is the first of a Saturday double-header for the girls, as all 14GA teams are set to play two games over the weekend to replace last weeks rescheduled matches due to the Academy Camp held in Ararat. This was an important win for Celtic as it sees them go 1 game clear of Drummo in fourth spot, giving them a stronger hold on a playoff berth.