North Adelaide: 68
Forestville Eagles: 61
The 2nd placed North Adelaide Rockets hosted the 5th placed Forestville Eagles in a close and physical competition.
The opening minutes of the contest saw both clubs’ girls finding their feet in the fixture. Although after doing so, the Eagles began to take the game to their hosts and built a mid-quarter lead of 9-points. With their margin set, the Rockets began to find the game they play and worked back into the contest, finding themselves in the bonus with over 3 minutes in the first.
With Coach Johnston being vocal from the side, his girls needed to continue to fight and that’s what they did. Jo Hill was fantastic off the bench (18-points and 10 rebounds) and cut the margin down to 3 points with a steal and finish and later a silky spin move. With North Adelaide shooting 30% from the field compared to Forestville’s 40% they played well enough to find themselves 2-points shy of a tie.
The first quarter left the hosts down 2-points with their shots just not falling but this soon changed. The Rockets strung some solid gameplay and took their first lead of the evening. With the momentum beginning to swing against them, the Eagles continued to play hard and the lead continued to change back and forth with the Rockets coming out on top. The Rockets had a 7-point lead and began to build it, led by Jo Hill and Opal Mader (18-points and 5 rebounds).
North Adelaide started the 3rd quarter strong by building their biggest lead of the night to 15-points which was soon cut back by the visitors. Forestville were only down but not out at this point as they had another half to come back and win. North Adelaide outscored their opponents 16-14 in the third and only up 9. Forestville played well to keep the game within reach despite their turnover struggles (7 in third term, 25 overall).
Olivia Thompson and her Eagles were only down 9-points coming onto the floor for the final period with the win certainly in their sights. The opening possessions for both sides saw fundamentally sound plays including a beautiful long two from Olivia Thompson and a Lauren Thornett steal and finish. Thompson appeared to be frustrated throughout the 4th quarter and began to record her own fouls.
With every possession crucial for both clubs, no mistakes could be mad. The decisive moments saw a range of emotion from players and fans alike as a Forestville win was still possible. Forestville continued to play hard pushing for a victory as they were passing the ball around finding a good shot. Despite their efforts, Tayla Corrigan finished through solid contact which left the Rockets up 6 and Olivia Thompson with five fouls.
With Thompson fouling out for the final minute, the Eagles were unable to find an answer for Thompson’s missing presence. The final siren blew and the Rockets received their 5th win for the year by 7-points.
Both the Rockets and Eagles will be on the road for their coming clashes against the South Adelaide Panthers and Southern Tigers respectively on the 20th May.
Jo Hill: 18-points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
Opal Madar: 18-points and 5 rebounds
Tayla Corrigon: 14-points and 4 rebounds
Olivia Thompson: 15-points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Meg Prosser: 16 points and 2 rebounds in 16:20 minutes
Darcy Rees: 10-points and 6 rebounds.