SPECTRES FIND THEIR FEET IN WILDCATS WIN
Roy Ward | NBL1.com.au
Nunawading needed back to back wins and they finally achieved this when they beat Eltham at Nunawading Stadium on Friday night.
The Spectres women are a youthful and much changed team from last season, with only one starter returning and some young talents taking key roles in the side.
The Wildcats and Spectres have long been rivals at lower levels as well and coming off a disappointing week two in Tasmania, Spectres coach Paul Flynn challenged his side to lift their defensive intensity and attack both sides of the court.
They did both, notching up 24 assists in an 89-72 win over the Wildcats.
“We have gone a loss and win, loss and win, so to get that second-straight win and play well at home was important,” Flynn said.
“The stadium was almost two thirds full by midway through the first quarter so to gel and play our style of basketball in that environment is good for the girls.”
Spectres star Kathleen Scheer led her side with 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists, while Rebecca Pizzey (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Eliza Chilcott (16 points, 10 rebounds) were key players as six Spectres scored nine points or more.
“I’ve been really pleased with Rebecca Pizzey. She is coming off a season at Dandenong where her opportunities on court were limited and from both her and my perspective, it was about how she would respond to game scenarios come regular season,” Flynn said.
“She has formed a really good partnership with Kath Scheer in our front court and they play off each other quite well.
“Rachel Antoniadou is having the best start to a season in her senior career, whether in SEABL or WNBL, and the team is still getting used to spacing the floor to let us best benefit from Chelsea D’Angelo’s skillset but her contribution has still been pretty good so far as well.”
Kiera Rowe hurt her ankle in the win over Eltham and would be in trouble if the Spectres didn’t have a bye over the Easter weekend but Flynn is hopeful she may be fit in time to play first game back.
The Spectres and Wildcats have some close ties, so Flynn looks forward to the rivalry growing over this season and beyond.
“They have got some familiar faces on their end of the floor. Grant Spencer has been working with me in the last five years in various capacities and Vanessa Panousis is a great leader for them and she was with us last year,” Flynn said.
“Those sort of things added to the rivalry, it will be good fun.”