Kelsey fires on big stage

IF you were picking an all-star team from the WNBL to play for your life, Kelsey Griffin should be the first player picked every time.

The Bendigo Spirit forward produced another match-winning performance when her team needed it most on Sunday.

In her two seasons with the Spirit, Griffin has always delivered on the big stage.

Sunday was no different - 19 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and one steal.

When the Spirit needed a big defensive play - she grabbed a key board or blocked a shot.

When the offence stalled - she made a jump shot or forced her way to the basket and was fouled.

While everyone in the stadium would have voted Griffin as the game MVP, she was quick to play down her influence.

"My stat line looked okay, but it really was a team effort today,'' Griffins said.

"Kristi played great, Kelly was great... everyone played their part to get the win for the team."

Griffin was grand final MVP in the Spirit's championship win over Townsville 12 months ago.

It would be a brave man to bet against her winning the award again in the grand final on March 9.

"I love playing in Bendigo, I love our crowd and I'm so excited to get the chance to play another grand final in Bendigo,'' she said.

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