Stawell Lady Wildcats foul trouble costly

STAWELL - Stawell Brix Lady Wildcats challenged Horsham Hornets early, but still remain winless in the Country Basketball League South West conference.

The Wildcats were reasonably confident heading into the contest even without their prolific scorer Jess Williamson.

Stawell started the stronger team with Rhi Davis leading the way with her intensity at both ends of the court.

Both Kira Payne and Rhi Davis struggled with injuries so Erin Freeland, who is normally an assistant coach, turned to her bench.

Ballarat recruit Grace Bibby had a horror first couple of minutes in her Country Basketball League debut, finding three early fouls which restricted her defence for the majority of the night.

After leading the Hornets at the first break, the Lady Wildcats became complacent, committing silly fouls.

Wildcats went into the halftime break with no momentum and it didn't take long for the scoreboard to reflect this.

In the third term Wildcats were outscored by a massive 20 points with the Hornets piling on 28 and the Wildcats just eight.

With Rhi Davis, Kristy Matthews, Michelle Beaton and Grace Bibby all in foul trouble the match began to slip away.

Chloe Bibby played a fantastic game for the Hornets line up showing her worth in both attack and defence.

Stawell Wildcats couldn't hold on with Horsham running out winners by a whopping 40 points at the final siren.

Top scorers on the night for Stawell were Grace Bibby and Kristy Matthews, while Chloe Bibby was the unstoppable player for Horsham Hornets with 27 points.

Brix Lady Wildcats will now increase their training load before they travel away to take on Portland and Warrnambool on the Australia Day weekend.

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