THE Wodonga Lady Wolves demolished the Echuca Lady Pirates by 54 points yesterday, their biggest win this season.
Water-tight defence was the standout of Wodonga’s game, which was played in front of a vocal Echuca crowd.
The Wolves players were accountable for their direct opponent all game and it created easy transitions into attack.
Wolves coach Doug Polmear was over the moon with the 79-25 win against last year’s grand finalist.
“It was encouraging to see all our players get on the scoreboard,” he said.
“That can be credited to controlled pressure and rebounding efforts at the defensive end. I was happy with our attack, too.
“We were more disciplined and patient and we controlled the ball well while we waited for the open player.”
Despite conceding just 25 points for the game, Polmear was more happy with his team’s attack.
Rachel Jeffery top scored with 19 points and received help from Sarah Mellington (17) and Kelsey Herzina (12).
“This was definitely the best offensive game we’ve put together,” Polmear said.
“We spread the ball well and created headaches for the Lady Pirates.
“Our ball movement and shot selection proved profitable with a high shooting percentage both inside and outside — I really have nothing negative to say.”
The Wolves pressure created several dozen turnovers, many of them coming near the Pirates’ turnovers mid-court as well as around the opposition’s basket.
Their committed work ethic forced poor shot selections from the Echuca players as their offensive options were shut down.
“Our young players all contributed good minutes, scoring some excellent points and stealing some fast breaks thus further strengthening our prospects leading into finals,” Polmear said.
“This was one of our best all-round efforts but there is still room for improvement.”