Wolves shine at home

WODONGA’S hopes of completing the CBL title-double got a further boost on Saturday night, with the Wolves and Lady Wolves both recording solid victories at home over Maryborough.

Fresh off a three-week Christmas break, the Lady Wolves opened Wodonga’s account on the night with a commanding 42-point win over the Lady Blazers before the Wolves also got the business done against Maryborough’s men.

Rachel Jeffery quashed any concerns about a lingering pre-Christmas shoulder complaint with a game-high 17-point performance in the evening’s opener, with Stacey De Koeyer and Sarah Mellington also contributing offensively for the Lady Wolves.

Although they were anything but at their peak, coach Doug Polmear said he was still suitably impressed with the win.

“I was always confident we’d win but the result was even better than I thought,” he said.

“All the girls contributed in some way.

“Whether that was on offence or defence.

“We’re coming off the break and hadn’t really trained so in that respect it was a pretty good win.”

The Lady Wolves never looked in trouble against their opponent, with the home side expanding its lead at every change.

Meanwhile, in the other game, the Wolves were expecting a much tougher encounter from the Blazers than they got.

The home side burst out of the blocks and shot to a healthy 16-point lead by quarter-time.

Broady Mills was on the receiving end of several sensational feeds from Trevor McLean early, with Jon Lindhe and Pat Gleeson also chipping in with some timely baskets to help extend the early advantage.

The result was never in question from there as the ladder-leading Wolves ran out 84-47 victors.

Josh McKay finished with a game-high 22 points for the winners, with Beau Sheridan and Gleeson (11 points each) combining for 22 points of their own.

The Lady Wolves travel to Echuca on Sunday for round 12, with the Wolves set to enjoy the bye as they prepare for finals that commence in February.

Both teams have already secured a home semi-final.