Pioneers taste success on the road

After some big success at home the OneFortyOne Mount Gambier Pioneers women’s team travelled east to take on its first doubleheader of the NBL1 South season.

The first challenge was on the agenda was Casey in a contest where the home side was decked in pink to celebrate the competition’s pink round.

But the Pioneers’ side wanted to spoil the party and the expectation was to go out and perform to the game plan.

The home side was in control for most of the game and led the scoreboard in the first half to enjoy a 10-point buffer at the main break, with Shereesha Richards and Rachel Bell in good form.

But sheer determination from the OneFortyOne Pioneers women’s side turned the game on its ear.

Although Mount Gambier cut the deficit down to single digits, the Cavaliers were still in front deep into the final term.

But with four minutes remaining the Pioneers made a move thanks to a slick three-pointer from Shakera Reilly, sending the game into a back and forth contest until the dying moments.

A Bell layup put the hosts back into the ascendancy with just 20 seconds left, but the Pioneers regrouped after a time-out to launch one last shot at victory.

With 10 seconds left Hannah Young came to the rescue and sunk a two-point jump shot to send Mount Gambier to a memorable 88-86 win.

The side was led by Sherrie Calleia who had an outstanding game scoring 33 points and was supported by Cassandra Brown and Reilly.

It required a gutsy team effort from the Pioneers who were without one of their imports Haliegh Reinoehl.

The Pioneers were back at it on Sunday against Dandenong and came out on top once again to continue the unbeaten run.

Mount Gambier started strong with a high-scoring first half, but the home side put pressure on after the main break led by Luisa Fakalata.

It was not enough to get them over the line with the Pioneers holding on to win by 15 points.

Brown was in good form again with 24 points, while supporting efforts by Calleia and captain Jasmine Howe were noted.

It was a successful weekend for the OneFortyOne Pioneers women’s side taking both wins to surge to the top of the table.

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