Lady Braves beaten by Ballarat in double overtime thriller

THE Bendigo Lady Braves have lost their first game of the SEABL season, going down to arch-rivals Ballarat in a double overtime thriller on Wednesday night.

After scores had been locked together at 69 apiece at the end of regulation time, and 76-all after the first period of overtime, the Rush finally prevailed 84-82 on their home court.

With scores level at 82-all with 22 seconds left in the second period of overtime, Ballarat's Stephanie Cumming scored what would be the final points of the game.

The Lady Braves' Kerryn Harrington had the last shot of the game - a three-point attempt - that missed as the Rush hung on for a memorable victory.

Earlier, Harrington had been the hero for the Lady Braves when she nailed a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the final term to tie the scores and send the match into overtime.

The Lady Braves also scored the final points of the first overtime period through Rosie Fadljevic that forced the game into the second overtime.

Bendigo had led the second overtime period by three points with 3:27 to go following a three-pointer to Jane Chalmers.

Alex Bunton produced an outstanding all-round game for the Lady Braves, combining 17 points with 19 rebounds.

Import LaSondra Barrett also delivered a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Chantella Perera continued her good scoring form with 19 points, while Harrington was lively off the bench, also adding 19 points, which included six three-pointers.

Meanwhile, the men's clash between Bendigo and Ballarat, the Braves defeated the Miners 81-73 in the battle for the Bendigo Advertiser-Ballarat Courier Cup.

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