MAC Adelaide Lightning didn’t get the win yesterday, going down to SEQ Stars 72-61 in round ten at Wayville Sports Centre.
SEQ were down on numbers and coming off five losses in a row but it didn’t stop them from stepping out hard and fast from the word go, restricting Adelaide to just 10 points and boasting a 20 point lead in the first quarter.
Sharp shooting from the visitors made it difficult for Adelaide to come back, but through much tighter defence and improved rebounding the Lightning were able to reduce the margin. Unfortunately, every time the Lightning looked to get the lead under 10 and within striking distance SEQ would make an all-important bucket to consolidate their lead.
SEQ’s Jordan Hooper finished with a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) and South Australian, Lauren Mansfield played extremely well with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.
Mikaela Ruef played well for Adelaide with 7 points, 12 rebounds and Alex Ciabattoni came off the bench and shot at 75% finishing with 13 points, 2 rebounds in just 13 minutes of play.
“A tough game and poor first quarter made it tough to come back,” said Lightning Head Coach Tracy York.
“We outscored SEQ over the next three quarters but a 20 point lead at quarter time was too much to come back from.”
“Full credit to SEQ and to our girls for fighting back.”
It was great to see another solid fan base pack out the stands to support the Lightning at their home court. With just one more game before Christmas we encourage everyone to get behind the team as they prepare to take on UC Capitals on Saturday night.
Tipoff is 7.30pm and tickets are available at the door.