Women at dominant best on home court

The good form continues for the OneFortyOne Mount Gambier Pioneers women’s basketball team after a convincing performance against Melbourne in round 6 of the NBL1 South season.

The crowd at the Icehouse warmly welcomed back Haliegh Reinoehl after she overcame her broken hand which kept her off the court for a month, while youngsters Johanna Jones and Sophie Miles also returned.

It was a one-sided affair right from the tip off as the Pioneers put five points on the board before the Tigers had a sniff of scoring.

Hannah Young made her presence felt swiftly and was assisted by Sherrie Calleia, Shakera Reilly, Cassandra Brown and Reinoehl through the first quarter.

Tess Heal, Hannah Giddy, Lilly Carmody and Nikki Metcalfe fought hard for the Tigers, but they struggled to slow the hosts.

Mount Gambier went into the second term with a 12-goal lead and started it like they did in the first.

Young was on fire and with the help of Reilly, Reinoehl and last weekend’s hero Reilly the Pioneers made the baskets count.

The visitors were hardly given any of the ball as Mount Gambier showed its dominant best, winning the quarter connivingly 23-5.

Play was much better for the visitors in the third quarter with Heal dominating under the basket as Metcalfe was the only other Tiger to score during the passage of play.

Melbourne took it to the Pioneers in the third term and even managed to match the hosts in the final quarter.

Despite the comeback Mount Gambier went into the last with an unassailable 29 goal lead.

The Tigers worked hard to stop the rampaging Pioneers, but it was in vain.

The engine room of Young, Brown, Jasmin Howe, Calleia and Reilly all turned up the meter and put in a dominant display of basketball.

In the end Mount Gambier was in complete control and was victorious by 31 points to remain at the top of the ladder.

Heal was the standout Tiger scoring more than half of her side’s points.

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