In round 9 of the 2022 NBL1 South Conference season the OneFortyOne Mount Gambier Pioneers women played host to the Hobart Chargers and put on a show at the Icehouse.
The Pioneers welcomed back playmaker Sherrie Calleia after not playing the week before due to injury.
It was the Chargers that made the first score count in the opening two minutes thanks to Anegla Tompkins and she made another some 40 seconds later to stun the home side.
Calleia put Mount Gambier on the board with a two and the star import Haliegh Reinoehl made another to take a one-point lead early.
Calleia made her presence felt early with a lot of drive and scoring opportunities and was supported by Cassandra Brown and Jasmin Howe.
For the travelers Kylie McCauley, Tompkins and Paige Bradley all starred for the Hobart team but it was the OneFortyOne Pioneers that took a one-point lead into the first break.
Play was scrappy early in the second term from both sides until Reinoehl made a three to take the lead out to four points for the Pioneers and this was the case until the eight-minute mark when McCauley’s two pointer boosted the Chargers.
Hannah Young made the court her own in the term to make two shots to extend the lead out further while Hobart’s Zoe Banks made the score tick over for the visitors alongside Tompkins.
McCauley and Tompkins were the main stays of scoring for the Hobart side in the second while Young and Calleia were on point and took the home team into the main break with a 24-21 lead.
Third term action for Hobart was on target with McCauley, Tompkins and Bradley giving their team a huge boost.
The trio were all over the court and turned the game on its head to give Hobart a four-point lead going to the final quarter.
But the dynamic duo of Howe and Calleia worked hard for the Pioneers and Young put the home side back into contention with a two pointer early in the final term.
McCauley made two free throws count on the key to break out the Chargers’ lead.
The Pioneers needed a lift and up stepped Howe to give a spark and help them to get some momentum.
Despite the nerves in the stands, the determination of Young, Brown, and Reinoehl pushed Mount Gambier over the line by nine points in a tough slog.
The Pioneers put in a huge 21-points final term while Bradley and Tompkins also tried to lift the Chargers but it was not the case.
The OneFortyOne Pioneers now sit in second spot on the NBL1 ladder behind the Bendigo Braves on the same win-loss ratio with only percentage separating them.
They will be looking to consolidate top spot this Saturday night at the Icehouse against the Eltham Wildcats.