Coming off a tough defeat at home last Saturday Night, the Youth League Ballarat Rush looked to bounce back – taking on the Eltham Wildcats at the MARS® MINERDOME on Sunday.
The game began slowly offensively, with both teams playing hard, physical defense. The result was a myriad of free
throws in the early going.
Late in the opening term the game began to open up, with both sides trading baskets and trading leads.
The Rush’s Kasey Burton was quick to stamp her authority on the game, scoring well and controlling the tempo with
her sublime playmaking and ball handling.
The second period continued to be a hot shooting affair, as Molly Matthews connected on back-to-back jumpers to give Ballarat a slight edge.
Clearly a well-drilled unit, the Rush executed their half-court sets to perfection late in the first half – getting good
looks at the basket and continuing to draw fouls.
Despite solid production from Shea McInerney (13 Points), the Wildcats struggled to get back into the game in the
Both Matthews and Burton were unrelenting in the third quarter, as Ballarat looked to get out in transition and add to
Facing a nine-point deficit to start the final stanza, the Wildcats were looking at an uphill battle. However solid
defensive execution allowed them to draw within three points as time ran short.
A swift Ballarat timeout quelled the visitors’ momentum and allowed them to seal and eleven-point victory, 70-59.
Lydia Brooks was dominant for Ballarat, notching an efficient 17 points. While Molly Matthews and Kasey Burton were next best with 14 and 13 respectively.