HOT SHOT: Siarn Woods of the Coffs Harbour Suns against the Newcastle Hunters.
HOT SHOT: Siarn Woods of the Coffs Harbour Suns against the Newcastle Hunters. Tarum Images

Defence the key for Suns

AN INSPIRED defensive performance has helped the Coffs Harbour Suns to their fifth straight Women's Waratah State League win.

The Suns claimed an 80-50 victory over the Newcastle Hunters on Sunday to extend their lead in the competition.

Newcastle got off to a quick start but it took no time at all for the Suns to shut down the opposition attack and grind out a 14-7 first quarter lead.

The Connie Woods-coached side slowly took control of the game with impressive transition and physical defence.

On offence Annie La Fleur was at the helm, leading Coffs Harbour around the court with crisp passing and positional play.

A half time lead of 42-17 was an indication the home side meant business.

A mix of calm and controlled veteran experience, fast young legs and sharp shooting proved to be an excellent combination as the Suns stretched their lead in the third quarter.

Newcastle began to find the way to the hoop late in the match to close the gap however it would prove futile as Coffs cruised to a 30 point win.

Jessi Reeves continued her scintillating start to the season with 19 points while Siarn Woods (17 points) and Annie La Fleur (16 points) were also running hot.

The team now travels to Port Macquarie Saturday night and are looking forward to taking on the new look Port Macquarie Dolphins.



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