Warriors find their fighting spirit against Lions

Woodville’s final game at St. Clair Recreation Centre was the perfect send off as the Warriors knocked off Central District Lions with a comfortable 101-64 victory.

Their win was on the back of a dominant second period which saw them outscore the visitors 35-13, and with a 67-35 halftime lead they never looked back. Their big win was on the back of a game-high double double to Jennifer Monroe, who was easily the most consistent with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

It was a see-sawing start as Woodville opened up a small lead in the opening stages, before the Lions put on 11 unanswered points for an 11-5 lead midway through the first. It was their best run of the game but it was quickly bettered by the Warriors who piled on 13 straight points with Ashley Claussen and Aimee Herriman combining for 22 points in the opening period.

Claussen and Herriman’s hot start set the tone as the duo both finished with 21 points for the game. For Central Districts, they struggled to find consistency and while they had flair and pace the finishing was lacking.

Most notably they were 7-for-23 from outside the arc and when they really needed the points they could not buy a basket. Contrastingly, everything went the way of Woodville in the second when they were 7-for-10 with three’s. In particular, Jasmin Howe was at her dominant best with 11 of her 15 points helping set up Woodville’s 35-point term.

The second half was a far closer affair as consistency appeared in the Lions’ game, and the speedy Erin Schrapel and Rhianna Stringer brought the best of their side. Schrapel finished with a team-high 18 points while Stringer had a double double (11 points, 13 rebounds) and it was clear the Lions had the top end talent. However their depth could not match the home side’s and with three Warriors scoring over 20 points there was never going to be a comeback.

With the second half seeing the teams go shot for shot, it was some smart coaching which kept Central Districts at bay. Monroe, Herriman and Claussen may have been the top performers, but their bench was crucial with 23 points, compared to just 10 on the other side.

Ultimately the Lions could not find the momentum they needed to control the game and while both teams made mistakes it was Woodville who dictated the tempo and put on the pressure. They now take that momentum into their final game of the season, an away trip to Forestville, while Central Districts return home with the hopes of knocking off fourth place Norwood.




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