Thunder silenced by shining Suns
AFTER going down to the Tamworth Thunderbolts by only seven points in their opening game of the season, the women's Termimesh Suns team managed a 35-point turn around to win 73-45 on Saturday night.
In the first quarter both teams were feeling their way, with the score at the end of the quarter all tied up at 13-all. However, from the start of the second quarter, the defensive pressure applied by the Suns started to tell on the Thunderbolts and the Coffs Harbour girls began to dominate.
Katie Henry and Bonnie Kuchel in particular worked hard to make sure the Thunderbolts had limited second shot opportunities and the Suns went to the half-time break 12 points up.
The Tamworth girls had no answer for Jess Bailey who dominated when she was on the court but foul trouble limited her court time.
The Suns welcomed back experienced hands Regan Kama and Cristi Juffermans to the line-up and both had fine first-up games. Their experience will be invaluable for the Suns this season.
After half-time the girls started a bit slow but things soon changed with Crystal Bailey draining a couple of fine three-pointers. After that it was all one-way traffic with guards Brooke Seccombe and Sammy Cooper finding their range. At one stage Cooper managed three, three-pointers in a row.
Top scorers for the Suns were Brooke Seccombe with 15 while Bonnie Kuchel and Sammy Cooper put in 13 each.
The Suns also welcomed two junior players to the bench in Tiarne Saunders and Bronte Emanuel and both played strongly when on court. In summary the game was a great confidence-boosting win for the girls, built on solid defensive pressure.
Meanwhile, the men's Termimesh Suns also played the Tamworth Thunderbolts in their second clash of the season. After a forgettable performance away in Tamworth, the Suns were looking to redeem themselves and put on a show for their home fans.
Tamworth again jumped out of the gates quickly establishing an early lead but the Coffs boys fought back tying the game up at 11 apiece. Some cheap fouls and silly turnovers saw a quick rotation of players from the Sun's bench and these errors allowed Tamworth to get their noses in front by half-time.
Although down, the Suns were certainly not out of it. Sixteen points was a target well within the Sun's sights and they came back out in the second half determined to chip away at the lead. Some tenacious defence provided the stops that were needed, and a succession of made baskets helped whittle the lead down to 11 but this was as close as they would get.
A slew of feather-touch fouls saw the exit of both Matt Neal and Robbie Linton while a handful of other players played tentatively sitting on their fourth.
Tamworth were able to extend their lead late in the final quarter to finish with a comfortable margin of 18 points.
Turnovers proved to be the difference in the teams as Coffs threw the ball away more than 30 times, needless to say, this became the focus of their Sunday training session.