Bonnie Kuchel takes on the Lismore defence.
Bonnie Kuchel takes on the Lismore defence. Leigh Jensen

Hoey Moey women defeat Ballina

THE Hoey Moey State League women’s team started their double header at home in fine style against the Ballina Breakers on Saturday night.

From the opening tip off the Suns defence was intense and they had the Breakers rattled. Guards Sammy Cooper, Crystal Bailey and Kate Harland excelled in putting pressure on the ball.

Offesively, in the first half the Suns were a bit slow out of the blocks with the exception of Sammy Cooper who took up the slack with the scoring enabling the Suns to go into the half time break with a healthy 31-14 lead.

The third quarter was when the Suns absolutely demolished the Breakers outscoring their overwhelmed opponents by an astonishing 32 points to only two.

Aimee Durbidge was one of the beneficiaries of some great assists from Regan Kama and Nikki Baade.

The final scoreline was 92-27 with top scorers for the Suns being Aimee Burbidge with 20, Sammy Cooper with 15 and Bonnie Kuchel with 13.

Sunday’s game saw the Suns against a much tougher opposition in the Lismore Storm.

The Suns started slowly and were down by seven points early with the Storm taking advantage of the Suns turnovers.

However, a fine display of outside shooting by Emily Staunton saw the Suns claw their way back into the game.

Cristi Juffermans began to dominate inside when the Suns needed her most and the Suns went to the main break holding a comfortable 42-27 lead.

In the second half the Suns built on their lead with Bonnie Kuchel scoring some nice baskets and Rikki Shipman making the last score for the Suns in their 88-66 win.

Top scorers for the Suns were Cristi Juffermans with 21, Emily Staunton with 19 and Sammy Cooper with 15.

Coach Haddon was happy with the two wins and was especially pleased with the defensive pressure. He did admit though that he was slightly disappointed with the excessive turnovers.

“It’s something we can’t afford to do against quality opposition in the future,” he said.

The Suns will be on the road for the first time this weekend against Tamworth and are expecting the Thunderbolt girls to be very tough on their home court.



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