Just one game of VJBL action at the MARS® MINERDOME on Friday night, as the Under-16 Ballarat Rush took on the Kilsyth Cobras.
From the outset, Ballarat looked aggressive at both ends of the floor, getting off to a good start. The Rush executed their sets well, capitalised on easy looks and converted at the foul line.
Despite the Kilsyth outfit being near-on impossible to keep off the offensive glass, the home squad opened up a double-digit lead late in the first quarter.
A three-point play for the Cobras as the first quarter buzzer sounded looked to give the visitors some momentum going forward.
However this wasn’t the case, as the Rush swiftly went on an 8-0 run to start the second, and extended their advantage.
Ballarat’s Isabel Fraser impressed throughout the game, setting the pace for the Rush’s offense with savvy ball-handling and play-making.
Jess Tempany’s defense set a precedent for the Rush, as they only allowed 2 Kilsyth points through seven minutes of second quarter action.
A strong final minute for the Cobras saw them add some respectability to the score line, but Ballarat still carried a double-digit buffer into halftime.
The Rush were just as relentless in the second half of action, holding onto their lead and extending it by executing well on offense and playing disciplined defense.
Back-to-back three-point plays for the Rush’s Tempany put an exclamation mark on an outstanding performance by Ballarat.
The home side taking victory, 69-37.