LADY BANDITS: Turnovers the killer again

Lady Bandits’ Emilee Harmon drives through the defence.

Lady Bandits’ Emilee Harmon drives through the defence.

IN basketball, statistics rarely tell the full story.

But for the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits, a quick glance at the boxscore on Saturday night told you everything you needed to know.

For the third time in six weeks, the Border outfit conceded more than 100 points as the Bendigo Lady Braves ran rampant in the second half for a 103-75 win at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

The telling stat? Turnovers.

Or rather, points scored from said turnovers.

Bendigo feasted on the Lady Bandits’ carelessness, converting 21 turnovers into 25 points, a damning statistic when the margin was 28.

Coach James Ballinger admitted the team’s bright start — at one stage leading 14-5 — was undone by allowing a talented team such as Bendigo too many chances to score in transition from Lady Bandits errors.

“Sloppy turnovers at bad times really hurt us,” Ballinger said.

“I liked our intent to try to get the ball inside but we need to understand what is and isn’t a good pass.

“We had a really good start and first half, but we need to add to our offensive playbook.

“Teams have sussed out what we’re trying to do.”

Bendigo was led by the athletic LaSondra Barrett’s 25 points and 14 rebounds, with Chantella Perera always a dangerous foil as she added 24 points.

For the Lady Bandits, import Emilee Harmon again put in yeoman work, notching a tidy double-double of 21 points and 13 boards.

Lauren Angel showed a nice shooting touch to add 18 points but Rachel Maenpaa failed to fire, battling foul trouble to score just six points to go along with four turnovers.

“It’s too many points (to concede) but it’s hard to stay under 100 when you give up 25 from turnovers,” Ballinger said.

“A lot of them were breakaways. I didn’t think we were terrible in the half-court.

“But I liked where we’re scoring, we just need to be more solid, as a group.

“I thought Emilee worked really hard and Lauren was good also.

“Rachel is a work in progress, we need to get her going, because right now, I think she’s a little indecisive.”

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