A lion-hearted performance from Bendigo in Belinda Snell’s 250th Wattle Valley WNBL game has guided the Spirit to a 16-point victory over the JCU Townsville Fire.
In a repeat performance of the season opener, the Spirit outperformed the Fire on their home floor, clinching an 84-68 road win at Townsville RSL Stadium.
Despite boasting a four-game winning streak, the Fire failed to mount a serious charge against their arch-nemesis as they struggled to find any rhythm on offence.
The Fire’s star forwards, Suzy Batkovic and Cayla George, led the way with 17points and 15 points apiece, while reigning Rachael Sporn Medallist, Mia Murray, found the hot hand in the third term as she landed four bombs from the beyond the arc to net 12 of her 15 points.
On the opposite side of the court, Snell was outstanding in her milestone game with a game-high 26, while Kelsey Griffin (19 points and 14 rebounds) and Kelly Wilson (18 points and four rebounds) played telling roles.
“It was pretty clear, we were outplayed by a better team on the night and if you don’t bring 100 per cent, you only bring 70 or 80 you’re not going to win in this league,” Fire coach Chris Lucas said.
“Our execution at times was really poor, it was stagnant, the ball wasn’t moving and their defenders were able to do whatever they wanted to so credit to Bendigo they deserved the result.
“We have a tough three games coming up ahead of Christmas but the girls will respond and we’ll get ready for Sydney next week.”
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