South Adelaide: 67 | North Adelaide: 85
As the end of the regular season looms, clubs are still jostling for the best position for the upcoming postseason. Sunday afternoon saw the second leg of back-to-back action with the South Adelaide Panthers visiting the North Adelaide Rockets who were without import Norrisha Victrum.
The Panthers pounced right off the bat taking an early 9-2 open by the first timeout, after North Adelaide missed their opening attempts at the field. North Adelaide trailed by as much as 7-points throughout before tying at one stage. The Panthers’ opening run helped determine the margin at the end of the first quarter with scores set at 17-22.
Jo Hill and Opal Mader were effective offensively combining for 38-points. Both ladies recorded double-doubles while Hill flirted with a Triple-Double picking the Panthers pocket 7-times throughout the contest.
Teonna Campbell had a great day on the court for the Panthers also recording a double-double of a game high 24-points and 14-rebounds. Campbell was not the only effective Panther with Madeline Cunningham chipping in on the scoring with 18-points of her own.
South Adelaide continued their offensive display into the second quarter by pushing the margin out to 12-points early in the quarter. The physicality of the contest was seen both on and off the ball with Tayla Corrigan on the tail end of a hard foul taking her out of the game for a brief period. As the end of the half appeared, the Panthers were still up a sturdy yet potentially shaky amount. In what was a beautiful Isolation play, Teonna Campbell scored and notched the lead out to 12-points once again.
Coming out of halftime, the Rockets went on a 9-0 run cutting the margin down to a slim 3-points after Corrigan (13-points and 6-rebounds) completed an and 1. After South Adelaide’s first basket, the Rockets soon continued to push for the lead and Opal Mader eventually took it after a Chelsea Green Offensive Foul on Lauren Thornett left the Rockets with possession.
In what was an extraordinary quarter for the Rockets both offensively and defensively they outscored their opponents 30-8 which contributed to a 10-point lead by three-quarter-time. The 10-point margin came on the buzzer with Taylor Goggins scoring her lone deuce after pulling down an offensive rebound with 1-second remaining.
Looking to the future, the Panthers may need to find another paint protector as they gave up a whopping 48-points in the paint eighteen more than their counterparts. They also may need more from their bench who only scored 8-points compared to North Adelaide’s 24.
North Adelaide continued their tenacity throughout the remainder of the game with some great ball movement resulting in 7-assists during the final term alone (20-total). In what felt like a life time without a basket during the final term the Panthers scored their 5th basket after being scoreless between 7:23 and 3:52 marks of the quarter.
The big 3rd quarter by North Adelaide contributed to the score heavily and helped the Rockets grab their second win in 2 days with a big 18-point victory over the cross-town South Adelaide Panthers.
The win leaves them still in 3rd position 2-points and percentage behind the 2nd Eastern Mavericks and top of the table Southern Tigers who are separated by percentage. In what is an important clash, the Rockets travel to Morphet Vale to face the Tigers in what can potentially be a top of the table fixture if the Panthers down the Mavericks at Marion.