Conference ladder-leaders lock horns

Bendigo's Kerryn Harrington.

Bendigo's Kerryn Harrington.

THE SEABL’s two leading women’s teams lock horns on Saturday when the Bendigo Lady Braves travel to take on the Dandenong Rangers.

The Lady Braves (8-2) are on top of the south conference ladder, while the Rangers head the east conference (8-1).

“Dandenong is a quality group that is doing exceptionally well in their conference, so it’s going to be a tough game,” Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman said on Friday.

“If you look through their roster, everyone is capable of putting up good numbers.

“They have a great junior in Lauren Scherf, a great veteran in Jacinta Kennedy, who has returned to the game, and great size and some really good guards in Aimie Clydesdale and Amelia Todhunter.

“And they are similar to us in that the majority of the group has national league experience, so they are a very strong side.

“Our focus will be to shut them down offensively. Both teams can score heavily,  so it’s going to come down to the defence on Saturday night.”

Since suffering back-to-back losses against Ballarat and Nunawading last month - their only defeats of the season - the Lady Braves have won their past five games, during which they have averaged 86.4 points per game.

The Lady Braves’ spread of scoring power is highlighted by Chantella Perera (20.7), import Lasondra Barrett (13.4), Kerryn Harrington (13.0), Alex Bunton (12.2) and Lauren King (11.8) all averaging in double figures. 

Dandenong’s only loss of the season so far was suffered against Geelong in round two when the Rangers were held to just 56 points.

In their eight wins, the free-scoring Rangers have averaged 80 points per game.

Saturday's game at the Dandenong Stadium tips off at 5.30pm.

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