NWBU. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints U/22 women secured their second win of the season on Friday night, taking on the Devonport Warriors.
Despite the Warriors having a home crowd advantage, the young Saints took control of the game from the opening minutes, playing four solid quarters of basketball.
According to coach Laine Tuxworth, Tyla Free was “on fire, playing a fantastic game” and shooting a game-high 42 points.
Taylor Grey had a hot spell at the three-point line, hitting three three-pointers in a row, to finish on nine points.
Sarah Jaeger contributed eight points to take out the last of the high scoring places.
“The whole team played well at both ends of the courts,” Elliott said. “Applying good defensive pressure and making sure they made the most of their shots.”
The final score was 72-48 it the Saints’ favour.
Again faced with an away game, the Saints couldn’t match top team Penguin in a “very physical game” on Tuesday night.
Keeping the Blues to level scores at half-time, Jaeger caused most of the damage in the paint.
The scoreline was just five points at the beginning of the last, but the women could not quite hold on.
Unfortunately key player Free was caught in trouble and fouled out of the game early in the last quarter.
With Free unavailable and pressure mounting from Penguin’s shooters, the Saints were unable to stop their opponents, going down 54-66.
Jaeger topped scores with 14, Zebrina Tuaoi with 11, Georgia Roberts nine and Hannah Jackson and Free with seven apiece.
In the men’s action, the Saints went down 36-58 by Devonport Warriors on Friday night and 64-77 by Penguin Blues on Tuesday.
Women: Smithton 54 Penguin 66
Men: Smithton 64 Penguin 77