Supercats bounced out of finals

Lui Zacher
August 21, 2022 / 1:08 am

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The Geelong Supercats Women’s teams suffered a home loss in their elimination finals against Launceston Tornadoes, meaning their NBL1 South season is over.

Hosting Launceston, the women were down by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, before pulling back to within four points halfway through the second quarter.

Lauceston went on a 14-2 scoring run to take a ten point lead at half time. 

A signature Sara Blicavs wide-open three-pointer saw Geelong draw level with Launceston midway through the third quarter, but Launceston again went on a scoring spree to head to the final break with a 16 point lead.

The ‘cats came out firing in the fourth quarter – shooting the first 10 points to cut the lead to six, but two three pointers in the space of thirty seconds snuffed out any hopes of another Geelong fightback, eventually going down by 12.

Sarah Blicavs lead the scoring  with 25, and Sarah Elsworthy had 17 points.

Blicavs also dominated the board taking a game high 12 rebounds, Alex Duck had a solid 8 assists, 4 points and 4 rebounds, while Elsworthy also had 2 steals and 3 assists.

Launceston now go on to play Nunawading in the Semi Final.

In the other game of the night, the Supercats Men’s team headed to Frankston for their elimination final.

In what was always going to be a tough match against Frankston Blues, poor shooting hurt the ‘cats, with no shooter scoring above 50%

Geelong scored just six points in the second quarter, combined with an 11 point deficit after the first quarter, things were looking bleak at half time with the Blues up 43 – 20, a final-second tip-in by Liam McInerney breaking an eight minute scoring drought, and ending an 18-0 scoring run for the Blues.

The ‘cats wrangled it back to  be 15 points down at three-quarter time but it was too much, Frankston scoring 25-10 in the final quarter, to win 87 – 57.

Matthew Johns top scoring for the Supercats with 15 points, and 7 rebounds, 5 assist, and 3 steals, Liam McInerney took 9 rebounds, with 2 assists and 2 steals.

Frankston now go on to play Sandringham in their Semi Final.


Image: R. McDonald