NWBU. It was a harsh lesson to take in for both sides of the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints on the return home from Penguin on Saturday, with the women suffering a 37-point loss followed by the men’s team going down by 27 points.
In the opening game, the Saints women started promisingly and held a point lead after the first five minutes, but it would end up being the only period in which they held the lead as their opposition kicked into gear led by Lauren Mansfield (26pts).
By the end of the third period, the gap had blown out to a 37-point deficit on the scoreboard, with the Blues maintaining their ferocity to hold their lead until the final buzzer.
Rhonda Price (19pts, 12 rebounds) was a standout as the only player to reach double figures in scoring.
There would also be tough competition for the men in the match following, with the Saints showing confidence early in breaking to a 4-point lead after the first period.
A blistering five-minute period in the second from the Blues then stunned the away side, with Penguin adding on 16 points to 4 to swing momentum back their way and help them maintain a steady lead for the remainder of the game.
The Saints found it hard to contain Blues starter Zac White, who finished with a total of 33 points and shooting with an overall accuracy of over 60 per cent in both field and three-point attempts.
Smithton’s Jason Baker worked hard alongside Tyrone Lee before the latter was fouled out of the game, with both players shooting 18 points apiece.