231009 04Maryborough Lady Blazers played their first game of the new season at home and came up with a win!

All the girls were keen to get their second season off to a great start with a win and their opponents were Swan Hill Flyers which narrowly defeated the Lady Blazer last season.

The game was a close encounter with the Swan Hill Flyers leading 15 to 10 at quarter time.

In the second quarter, the Blazers battled hard at both ends of the floor, but the Flyers were hitting their three pointers as well as rebounding well in offence and defence.

Jess Fuller shot a three pointer on the half time buzzer but the Flyers were out to a very handy 31-19 lead by half time.

In the Third quarter, the Maryborough girls came out firing, upping the defensive pressure, pushing the ball hard up the floor and applying as much pressure as possible.

Offensively, the Blazers were much more settled, taking the time to run their offence and finding the open shot.

Jess Fuller and Kahlia Dix continued to step up with great support from the rest of the team and Maryborough had clawed back to be only down by two points, 38-40.

With a sniff of a win, the Blazers continued to step up applying even more defensive pressure and looking stronger as every minute passed.

Swan Hill made its stand but the Lady Blazers eventually ran out with a 10 point win, 61-51.

Coach Ray Pitts said he was really happy with the girls’ progress.

Lucy Walkley and Laura Johnston played their first games and fitted in very well.

All the girls really contributed in lots of different ways, Jess Fuller was voted most valuable with some great defence and 20 points.

Kahlia Dix worked hard all day on the boards and scored 15 points, Chloe Egan, Sarah Pitts and Jordan Macilwain all contributed six points each.

Next weekend the girls are off to Wodonga for games on Saturday and Sunday.

The Lady Blazers play their next home games on Saturday, November 7 at 7 pm v Shepparton and Sunday, November 8 at 12 noon v Shepparton.

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