The Dandenong Jayco Rangers backed-up their 36-point victory against the Logan Thunder last week, with a 34-point win over the Adelaide Lightning, 98-64, keeping their home-game win record intact.
The pattern of play saw the Rangers start each quarter slowly, but their superior depth and talent overpowered the Lightning each time.
The opening minutes of the match were a trade-off of baskets until the Rangers asserted their authority with strong interior defence, forcing the Lightning to take unproductive long shots. The Rangers moved out to an 18-9 lead on the back of an Abby Bishop three. Nicole Seekamp and Emma Langford for the Lightning battled hard to keep Adelaide within touch but the Rangers went on a game-breaking 28-12 run, finishing with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Steph Cumming to take the Rangers to 36-18 at the first break.
Adelaide returned to the court with reinvigorated defence, out-scoring the Rangers six points to two. But it wasn’t to last as Dandenong double-teamed the ball, halting Angela Marino’s drives to the basket. Led by Kathleen MacLeod with seven points Dandenong went on a 12-4 run in the final three minutes. Two consecutive interceptions from Steph Cumming resulted in four points for the Rangers and a 52-30 lead at half-time.
The Lightning kept up with the Rangers, swapping baskets in a lacklustre start to the second half. Seekamp made strong moves to the basket early in the quarter, shrugging off the Rangers’ defence, but on the back of four late points from Sam Woosnam, Dandenong’s class again over-ran the Lightning to increase their lead by 10 points at three-quarter time.
Without needing to do anything outstanding in the final quarter, the Rangers maintained their lead and cruised to a 98-64 victory. Mia Newley was outstanding for the Lighting with 17 points, 11 rebound and five assists. Dandenong’s depth was evident, having six players in double figures led by Abby Bishop with 22 points in 24 minutes of court time.
Dandenong Rangers 98 (Abby Bishop 22, Kathleen Macleod 16, Tracy Gahan and Sam Woosnam 13) defeated Adelaide Lightning (Mia Newley 17, Tegan Cunningham 10)
By Alison Power; Image by Stewart Chambers