West Coast Classic 2020, round seven: SW Slammers Women suffer 38-76 loss to Cockburn

On the court: The South West Slammers were outmatched by the Cockburn Cougars and Goldfields Giants in round seven. Photo: Thomas Munday.
On the court: The South West Slammers were outmatched by the Cockburn Cougars and Goldfields Giants in round seven. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The South West Slammers' Women's side travelled to Wally Hagan Stadium for their highly anticipated showdown with the Cockburn Cougars in round seven.

Carried by Haylee De Sousa (18 points) and Tahlia Fejo (7), the Cougars earned themselves an eight-point lead at the first change.

Stepping back onto the court, the pair widened the gap to 15 early in the second quarter.

Efforts from captain Bianca Donovan (12 points) and Zaya Black (7) brought the margin back down to 10 just before half time.

In front by 11 at the main break, the Cougars were more determined than ever to seal the win and move up the ladder.

With the visitors running out of steam, the home side piled on another 20 points to six in the third term.

Tia Morgan (8 points) and Emma Burke (6) were instrumental in the Cougars' hard-fought 76-38 victory.

Returning to the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday evening, the Slammers were looking to redeem themselves against the Goldfields Giants' Division One Women's side.

It wasn't to be, with the Giants notching up an impeccable 85-52 away win.

The Slammers' Men's side was aiming to claim its second consecutive win against Cockburn on Friday night.

A three-pointer from Leigh Rickwood-Pitt (8 points) and a quick surge from Brody England (14) gifted the Slammers with an early lead.

Kicking into gear, Kye Chamberlain (14) and Jaarod Holmes (11) put the Cougars in front by eight points at quarter time.

The visitors landed 22 points to 18 in the second term before claiming a 40-28 lead at the main break.

Feeling refreshed, Slammers Mitchell Keller (20 points) and Cory Richardson (5) worked to close the gap in the third quarter.

The Cougars, however, led comfortably throughout the second half, and went on to celebrate a 95-63 win.

Cockburn captain Gavin Field notched up an impeccable 28 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in the gruelling clash.

The Slammers were left to lick their wounds after suffering a six-point loss to the Giants, in Eaton, the following night.

Manylok Malek (28 points) and Damon Ballantyne (17) guided the visitors to an eight-point lead at the first change.

Trailing by 10 midway through the second term, the Slammers came together to level the scores close to half time.

Thanks to Keller (19 points) and teammate Rhys Barrett (14), the home side picked up a 55-54 lead late in the third quarter.

The Giants, however, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a gutsy 79-73 result.

Goldfields' powerhouse Majier Garang Iii collected a superb double-double with 14 points and 15 total rebounds.

Both Slammers' sides will tussle with the Joondalup Wolves in Eaton this Saturday night.

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