Jeffery injured as Ladies cruise to win

WODONGA Lady Wolves remain the pacesetter in the women’s division after a hefty 74-49 win over the second-placed Lady Warriors on Saturday night.

Wodonga led at every change, blowing Wangaratta away with a strong second-half performance.

A shoulder injury to Rachel Jeffery, which saw her leave the game prior to half-time, was the only sour note for the ladder-leading Border outfit.

Coach Doug Polmear said there was no point risking his star front-court player in the second half.

“We’re still not really sure the extent of it but she may have put her shoulder out and back in,” Polmear said.

“It wasn’t too bad at the end of the game but there was no point putting her back in.

“She’s a big part of our team at both ends.”

Stacey de Koeyer led the way for Wodonga on the scoresheet, chiming in with 16 points.

Sarah Mellington (15 points) and Tahnee Cannan (12 points) also made valuable contributions.

Alana Sutton scored a game-high 21 points for the Lady Warriors but was the only Wangaratta player to reach double figures in the loss.

Polmear was satisfied, rather than pleased, with the result.

“It’s a hard time of year for training with holidays and work commitments so considering we haven’t trained well the past few weeks it was an OK performance,” he said.

“We played well in patches.”