Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits | Changes loom as horror year finally ends

Sophie Kleeman was forced to work hard for her six points in the 50-point loss to Brisbane.

Sophie Kleeman was forced to work hard for her six points in the 50-point loss to Brisbane.

ALBURY-Wodonga Lady Bandits coach James Ballinger has conceded “questions will be asked” after the Border outfit finished perhaps its worst SEABL season with another heavy defeat at the weekend.

The Lady Bandits were dismantled by the Brisbane Lady Spartans in a 93-43 thrashing on Saturday night, Albury-Wodonga’s 21st consecutive loss.

Not since the winless campaign of 2008 have the Lady Bandits had such a horrendous record and Ballinger admitted changes needed to be made to a team that finished at 1-23.

“It’s not been a great few months,” Ballinger said.

“Questions will be asked just where the wheels came off.

“So we’ll have to move forward from there.

“There’s a general agreement that this team had more talent than last year and to have this win-loss record, there are questions that will need answers.”

To add injury to insult, star forward Emilee Harmon suffered a suspected fracture to her left fibula after a collision with a Brisbane player late in the game.

Harmon (15 points, 10 rebounds) had once again been the Lady Bandits’ only real offensive option, with fellow import Rachel Maenpaa (fractured finger) and young guard Montana Farrah-Seaton both unavailable.

“It was tough, we were already without one import and Montana,” Ballinger said.

“Then Lavinia (Kava) went down after 20 seconds with an ankle injury and Emilee was well-handled.

“We lacked scoring power; the effort was there but even when we did score we leaked points in transition, which is something that has plagued us all year.”

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