Pioneers hold top spot despite visiting Cobras dishing out second defeat

The OneFortyOne women’s Pioneers suffered their second loss off the season at the hands of the Kilsyth Cobras at the Icehouse Saturday night.

Hampered by injuries and illness, the Pioneers still managed to put up a fight.

Despite taking part in the warm ups, star playmaker Sherrie Calleia led the list of outs.

However, Mount Gambier still raced out of the blocks early with a two from Cassandra Brown, but it took just nine seconds before the Cobra’s Lauren Scherf hit back.

The scoreboard remained even with both sides trading blows until the five-minute mark of the first quarter when Scherf sent the visitors two points into the lead.

A Briahna Whatman’s three pointer further increased the margin, but Brown, Shakera Reilly and Hannah Youngmade shots count for the home side to level the scores with only three minutes to go before the first break.

The momentum continued to switch hands when Scherf was able to ensure Kilsyth enjoyed a four-point lead heading into the first break.

In the second term the OneFortyOne Pioneers were not hitting the basket but the visitors were.

Nikita Young found the net twice to extend Kilsyth’s lead with support from Abigail Curtin.

Some fine work from Brown and Haliegh Reinoehl helped Mount Gambier close the gap to five points late in the quarter until Scherf used her height to advantage and settled Kilsyth.

The Cobras went on to press the advange, leading by 14 points heading into the major break.

Mount Gambier’s Brown came out in the third to make a basket early with assistance from Howe to give the home team a glimmer of hope and close the gap by nine points.

Reilly made the most of the two free throws at the line, but Lopes pushed the lead out again for the Cobras with a good three pointer.

A series of baskets in the third quarter put the lead out to eight points.

Scoring was not easy in the last quarterm, with no baskets made for two minutes until a two from Pioneer Young narrowed the margin set up an exciting finish.

But the Cobras’ Young bobbed up again to make a couple of good plays, while Scherf also scored in a matter of minutes.

Brown responded for the Pioneers with a good two-point layup to try to close the gap.

But Kilsyth’s Young, Turner and Lopes all made the backboard their friend deep into the last quarter to silence the home crowd and take the win from the top of the table team by 14 goals.

The OneFortyOne Pioneers still sit on top of The NBL1 South conference despite going down and will take away the positives and head to the next challenge this Saturday at the Icehouse against Hobart.

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