Lady Bushrangers look to finish home season on a high

THE North East Lady Bushrangers will take to their home court for the last time this season when they do battle with Chelsea Gulls at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Lady Bushrangers will be looking to spring a surprise and extend their winning ways.

But Chelsea will be a tough test, with the Gulls sitting second on the ladder and locked in a tight battle at the top to secure a playoff position.

Bushranger Stacey Browne has been in outstanding form during the second half of the year, averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 assists in the past five games.

Rachel Jeffery is starting to find her rhythm again after a couple of quiet outings and will also need to fire.

Holly Bawden has been a key inside for the Lady Bushrangers, producing big defensive stops and hauling down crucial offensive rebounds, while the young brigade of Alaana Northey, Alana Sutton and Jade McCowan have provided added punch when injected into the game.

In the men, the Bushrangers face a tough challenge when they take on a redhot Oakleigh Warriors team riding a six-game winning streak.

After pushing Keysborough all the way last weekend, the Bushrangers will look to put a severe dent in the Warriors’ playoff hopes.

For that to happen, they will need to ensure the Warrior import Andrew Kaban can’t get his hands on the ball.

Kaban has been in astonishing form and in the past month has averaged an unbelievable 41.5 points at 52 per cent, 8.25 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Jon Lindhe and Dylan Webb have lifted to lead the Bushrangers’ resurgence, while young gun Trent McMullen has provided some extra firepower off the bench.

The action tips off at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre at noon.

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