NWBU. The Tall Timbers Smithton Saints Women put on an impressive performance at the Wynyard Basketball Stadium during round eight’s showdown on Saturday night.
Their convincing win saw the Saints push Wynyard down a notch, with all players pitching in for the four quarters to record the 77-49 score.
American import April Perry again demonstrated a solid performance with 27 points, six steals and six rebounds, she was followed closely by Sarah Jaeger and Tyla Free with 23 and 17 points and 14 and 10 rebounds respectively.
Coach Keith Bragg praised the young side for continually contributing 100 per cent.
“Our juniors played well and continue to shine for us this season,” he said.
“We have also been getting great leadership from our senior players.”
Despite this positive start to the round, the men had a less than pleasing start after American import Gary Johnson picked up four fouls in eight minutes resulting in a rest on the bench until the third quarter.
Coach Steve Poulter said this put the Saints behind from the get-go.
“We battled and had all five starters in double figures for the first time all year which was pleasing,” he said.
“But with Gary on the bench it left a big hole to fill in defence and we just weren’t able to get enough stops and catch up.”
Poulter said the Saints scoring in the face of this setback was a positive and hoped changes to the defensive structure would make a difference in upcoming rounds.
The Saints now look to a home game tonight (Thursday March 24) when they will take on Burnie.
SMI 77 WYN 49
SMI 82 WYN 100