Tough calls for ladies in double challenge

ALBURY-Wodonga Lady Bandits coach James Ballinger says the last thing he wants to see this weekend is a relapse into bad habits.

Following the maiden win of its SEABL season on Saturday, the Border club hits the road with the always-challenging double of Geelong tonight and Knox tomorrow.

Understanding the enormity of the task, Lady Bandits coach James Ballinger admitted splitting the trip would be an ideal result.

Even allowing for the likelihood of two losses, the second-year coach said he fully expected his squad to play in the same manner it did against Sandringham.

“A split would be great,” Ballinger said.

“It will be hard to get.

“Any victory in this league is hard to get and I just don’t want us to regress on what worked last week.

“Moving forward, that’s really key.

“Last year, after a win, we were guilty of going away from what worked.

“With all the talent we’re facing, we’ll need to make sure their stars need a high number of shots to get their points.”

The Lady Bandits surprised the league with its 81-72 win over the Lady Sabres.

Geelong, with former Lady Bandits star Alex Duck among a host of quality players, will sorely test Albury-Wodonga’s defence.

And the Raiders, despite propping up the bottom of the East Conference ladder, have enough talent to potentially overwhelm the Lady Bandits in the second leg of a back-to-back schedule.

Ballinger knows it will be a tough weekend.

“We’ve got a very big challenge in both games to get the results we’re after,” he said.

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