RUGGED: Emily Malouf defends against Newcastle.
RUGGED: Emily Malouf defends against Newcastle.

Suns put title on the line this weekend

THE LAST home game of the season will be played today at 5pm but defence of their NSW Waratah State League title is slipping from the grip of Coffs Harbour Suns.

The women will face up to Maitland at Sportz Central, then head down the highway tomorrow to play Port Macquarie Dolphins at noon.

A big band of supporters is needed to lift the girls to victory.

Earlier in the week, a pair of losses to Newcastle Hunters completely threw a very large spanner in the works.

Game one saw the home side off to an early lead, thanks to superb shooting by Laura Bamford who sank five three-point shots to take the ladies into the first break with a four-point advantage.

An injury to Piper Bourke changed the dynamics with Newcastle taking off to win 78-72.

More top baskets to Laura Bamford saw her top score in the game with a massive 31 points, assisted by a great performance from Jessi Reeves with 15 points.

Suns came out firing in game two in what became a very physical game with lots of fouls.

They led for the first three quarters but Hunters came home with a wet sail to win 52-51.

Jessi Reeves demonstrated the skills which landed her the position in Hawaii with Pacific University and contributed 16 points before she was fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Coffs Harbour Basketball Association had teams engaged in the final round of Northern Junior League.

The under-16 girls played four games and finished second on the ladder.

They won twice against Port Macquarie Dolphins and lost twice to Bellinger Valley Braves.

Under-16 boys were not quite as lucky with their only win of the weekend against Armidale Lions.

This means the boys finished fifth in their division.

The under-18 boys had the daunting task of playing five games and came out firing to finish with four wins.

This helped them claw up the ladder to finish third and secure themselves a place in the finals.

They will now travel to Tamworth for the final showdown on August 8-9.



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