ALBURY-WODONGA LADY BANDITS: Horror season has star out of answers

Martha Harmon with her daughter Emilee and husband Larry. Emilee is the star U.S. import for the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Martha Harmon with her daughter Emilee and husband Larry. Emilee is the star U.S. import for the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits. Picture: DAVID THORPE

IF there is a solution to the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits’ woeful starts, star player Emilee Harmon has yet to find it.

An already abysmal season somehow got worse for the Lady Bandits in a nightmare first quarter against a rampant Kilsyth last Friday night.

Were it not for a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Rachel Maenpaa, Albury-Wodonga would have scored just four points for the period.

Seven didn’t really cut the mustard either, but regardless, it was emblematic of the Border outfit’s troubles this year.

“I wish I had words for that, I wish I had answers,” Harmon said.

“If I did, I would’ve tried to change it.

“When you come out and get beat by the opposition and yourself, that’s what that start (against Kilsyth) was.

“We just can’t come out like that, we have to take it quarter by quarter.

“If we can do that, maybe we can chip away.”

While there have been very few shining lights in this SEABL campaign, Harmon has been the one constant, consistent presence for the Lady Bandits.

Averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, the Ohio State University product has been a tower of strength, constantly overpowering taller and stronger opponents in a valiant attempt to keep her team afloat.

Despite the losing streak — 13 — the ever-cheerful Harmon has enjoyed herself immensely.

“I have my routine down, really comfortable now,” she said.

“So, yeah, settled in and I’m really enjoying myself.

“I’m here to play basketball, so everything else aside, that’s (the losing) been very frustrating.

“But you can’t let it get to you; if you let it, it’s going to play mind games with you.

“So you have to come and work every day and try to get better and take all you can from it.”

For the second time in as many weeks, the Lady Bandits have a Friday night game, hosting the Brisbane Lady Spartans tonight at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

They back up and head down the Hume Freeway to Frankston to take on the Lady Blues tomorrow night, a home-road double that will be a huge test for a team which has tasted victory just once this season.

Harmon was cautiously hopeful not only of some success this weekend but perhaps a return to the Border next year, although she admitted it was “early days, nothing official” in talks with the club.

“I come in optimistic and I think that’s the mindset we all have to have,” Harmon said.

“There’s always a chance for us because all the pieces are there.

“It’s just a matter of getting those pieces to all fit together.

“There’s six weeks left in the season and I don’t want to write it off yet.

“We’ve talked and I have told the club I’m interested; I do like it here but we just need to get more of a winning attitude going.”

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