Round Three of the VJBL was headlined on Friday night by the Under-14 Dandenong Rangers taking down the Ballarat Rush by 35 points at the MARS® MINERDOME.
From opening tip it was clear the Rangers meant business – scoring in a matter of seconds and collecting back-to-back
steals on their way to a 13-0 run.
Georgia Amoore continued her stellar start to the season, getting the Rush on the board, scoring the home side’s first
What looked to be a momentum swing towards the Rush was quickly quelled, as the visitors capped off a free flowing
first term with an Eleanor Nichol three-point play.
The quarter break gave the Rush a chance to regroup. Ballarat came out ready to attack the Rangers’ full court press,
pushing the ball at every opportunity in an attempt to break down the defense.
The home squad looked more comfortable in the second period, getting better looks at the basket and drawing fouls.
Dandenong were unrelenting however, and led by the strong rebounding and inside play off Sophia Locandro still
managed to extended their lead to 19 heading into the main break.
The third term was an incredible display of physical and skilful basketball – both sides fighting hard to win possession
and put points up.
Georgia Amoore continued to be the shining light for Ballarat, as she not only continued her scoring tear, but began
commanding double teams and creating good shots for her teammates.
Despite a vastly improved third period for the Rush, Dandenong increased their lead further, carrying an
insurmountable 24 point buffer into the final period.
Last Tear Poa of the Rangers capped off a stellar performance by nailing multiple threes in the fourth quarter.
Ultimately Ballarat’s valiant effort was not enough against one of the competitions premier teams as they fall short,
Georgia Amoore tallied an impressive 15 points for the Rush in defeat, while Mia Motta led the well-rounded Rangers
In other results:
The Under-14 Ballarat Miners defeated Dandenong 34-17
The Under-16 Ballarat Rush took down Kilsyth 58-47
The Under-16 Ballarat Miners lost to Nunawading 31-35
The Under-18 Ballarat Miners blew out McKinnon 53-26