Bearcats Women purr past Panthers

WEST Adelaide ended a three-game losing skid with a comprehensive 33-point victory over South Adelaide on Saturday night.

A dominant second quarter was the catalyst as the Bearcats rolled to an 89-56 victory at Marion Stadium.

It was the Panthers – winless since round one – on the prowl early as they opened up a 22-17 lead after the first period.

South took advantage of 12 opening quarter points from star Teonna Campbell and 12 trips to the free throw line.

In the second term it was a completely different story as West went to a new level and the Panthers stayed put.

The Bearcats piled on 30 points to six, going 15-of-21 (71%) from the field, increasing their cleanliness with the ball and preventing South from going to the stripe.

The home side could not get its hands on the ball – or into those of Campbell – as West ran up what turned out to be a match-winning margin.

After an even third period the Bearcats finished strongest to extend the final margin to 33 points.

Ashlea Vordermaier (16 points), Ieva Nagy (15), Sky Langenbrinck (14) and Molly Whitmore (10) all scored in double figures for West.

Langenbrinck also dished off six assists and Nagy pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

Campbell piled on a team-high 20 points and 12 boards, while Madeline Cunningham added 13 points.

The Bearcats climbed to seventh – one win behind the top-five – as South stayed in ninth with one victory.

The Panthers host high-flying North Adelaide and West Adelaide play last-ranked Central Districts following this weekend’s league-wide break.



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