A DAUNTING double for the Bendigo Braves women’s and men’s basketball teams in Tasmania tips off Friday night in Hobart.
Bendigo’s line-ups are in contrasting form as they go into a testing weekend.
The ladder-leading Lady Braves take on a Hobart line-up which scored a 20-point win at Kilsyth last round.
Cayla Francis scored 31 points in Hobart’s latest victory.
The athleticism of Francis and Kathleen Scheer will test Bendigo’s defence.
The Lady Braves scored a 13-point victory in last Saturday night’s home against Sandringham.
The Jonathan Goodman-coached Bendigo Lady Braves showed they have plenty of attacking options.
Kerryn Harrington led the Lady Braves attack as she scored 17 points and racked up eight rebounds against Sandringham.
Heather Oliver, 11; Alex Bunton, 10; and Lauren King, 9; all played well.
The Lady Braves and Hobart, which is fourth on the ladder, play from 6pm.
On Saturday night the Lady Braves take on Launceston from 6pm.
The sixth-placed Launceston is on the rebound from an 18-point loss in Canberra and 15-point defeat in its clash with Brisbane.
Key players for Launceston are Lauren Mansfield and Alex Wilson who have scored 260 and 228 points resepectively this season.
The Bendigo Braves will be desperate to hit back from a seven-point loss at home to Sandringham.
The Ben Harvey-coached Bendigo is fourth on the south conference ladder.
Hobart Chargers are fifth on the ladder and teamed well to be within four points at the final buzzer of their latest hit-out in Mount Gambier.
Deba George, Tom Wright and Khalil Hartwell led the Chargers attack against the Pioneers.
The second-placed North West Tasmania went down by two points in its clash on the Canberra Gunners court.
The Braves defence will have to be on song against the likes of Robert Jenkins, Nathan Wilson, Mason Bragg and Lucas Simpson.
The men’s matches start at 8pm both nights.