NWBU. Three and nine-point score lines were the difference for the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints’ U22 sides: the women grabbing another victory while the men tasted another defeat.
For the women, their first away win of the season didn’t come easily, hanging on to defeat Latrobe by three points and cement third place on the ladder.
Tyla Free continued her strong scoring form to lead the way with 23 points, with Jessy Price (16) and Nicola Hardy (4) the next in line.
The Saints’ women have now won four of their last six matches, maintaining an average winning margin of 19.5 points while keeping their average losing margin to just over 10.
In the men’s match, Smithton remained within distance of their third-from-bottom opponents but couldn’t keep up, going down by nine points at the final buzzer.
Hugh King and Matt Elliott’s effort of 31 points between them wasn’t enough to get the Saints over the line; an average losing margin of just over 10 points highlighting the closeness in the majority of the side’s encounters.
The Saints host Burnie in game eight on Friday, before travelling to take on Ulverstone in game nine on the following Tuesday.
LAT 49 SMI 52
LAT 63 SMI 54