ALBURY-Wodonga Lady Bandits coach James Ballinger has boldly declared his team won’t lose again this SEABL season.
The Border club has two games remaining, against fellow strugglers Launceston (tomorrow) and Brisbane (next Friday) — both at home.
Ballinger said he could see no reason why his team couldn’t win both contests.
He was adamant in his faith of his young charges despite the Lady Bandits sitting bottom of the South Conference and having tasted success just once this season.
“You always have that (positive) mindset,” Ballinger said.
“Launceston has only won one game.
“People say we probably should’ve done better against them and we’ve already beaten Brisbane.
“So I don’t think there’s a reason to feel we shouldn’t do it at home.
“The girls are all pretty determined to that cause and we had a pretty good week last week.”
The Lady Bandits suffered a 71-58 loss in round 13, in what turned out to be captain Maddy Plunkett’s last game of the season after suffering another foot fracture.
Ballinger admitted the nature of that defeat still rankles.
“I don’t think it’s a payback game, but we owe ourselves a more credible performance,” he said.
The rookie head coach nominated Tornadoes playing coach Peta Sinclair — a former Lady Bandits player — along with talented youngster Lauren Mansfield, Olivia Howard and Emma Russell as players to be wary of.
Mansfield is a former Iowa State guard and is averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
“They’ve got four really talented players,” Ballinger said.
“I think our tempo needs to be higher, like it was in the Ballarat game.
“If we can continue to have those energy levels at that pace then I think that suits us a lot more."
Tip-off at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre is 6pm.