Women rise then set

THE Hoey Moey State League women had a mixed weekend with an 81-42 win over Ballina Breakers on Saturday but a 60-79 loss to the Lismore Storm on Sunday.

This loss gave Lismore the top spot on the competition ladder.

There is a rematch fixtured for July 25, so all is not lost as the Suns still have the opportunity to get back the top spot.

On Saturday the Suns started the game out of sorts, with the offence spluttering but good defence kept the Breakers in check.

On the back of some good shooting by Sammy Cooper and Bonnie Kuchel, the Suns went to the half-time break in front 29-17.

In the second half the Suns found their rhythm and scored 52 points with the Crystal Bailey and Regan Kama doing the damage with the ball, both adding nine points in the half. Top scorers for the Suns were Sammy Cooper with 14, Aimee Durbidge with 12 and Crystal Bailey with 11.

On Sunday the Suns knew they were in for a tough game against Lismore and were not disappointed.

Coffs Harbour was up for it and its intensity was good.

Unfortunately, despite getting good looks at the basket out of its offence, the ball just wouldn’t drop which was the case for most of the game.

This put immense pressure on the Suns all game and against quality opposition they were always going to struggle.

They went into the second half down by 12 points but were still in the game.

Again the woeful shooting continued, giving themselves no chance to threaten Lismore.

To their credit the Suns never threw the towel in and fought it out to the end.

Top scorers for the Suns were Sammy Cooper with 19, Bonnie Kuchel with eight points and Regan Kama with five.

The Suns will meet the bottom-placed Bellingen Valley team this Saturday in Grafton at 5pm.

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