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Gators reach peak and fall

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November 22, 2016

Rhianna Barton drained some crucial buckets on the way to finishing on 22 points.

Shepparton Lady Gators split their weekend Country Basketball League road double-header.

The Lady Gators edged out Seymour Blasters in an absolute thriller on Saturday night before finding Wallan Panthers harder to crack on Sunday afternoon.

The split leaves Shepparton in sixth place on the north-east conference with a 4-5 win-loss record.

Going back to Saturday night and the Lady Gators staged a superb final quarter fightback to down Seymour 65-62.

The Blasters appeared to be well on the way to victory at the last break, holding an eight-point advantage, which was stretched to 13 during the opening stages of the fourth term.

But nobody told Shepparton, who rallied with Rhianna Barton, Elly Keating and Maddie Rijs at the forefront.

Barton drained some crucial buckets on the way to finishing on 22 points, eight of which came in the last quarter.

Keating also finished in double-figures on 14, with Rijs (five points) leaving an impact on the contest. Leah Swain (20) proved a leading light for Seymour and Alice O’Sullivan posted 13.

The sterling efforts on Saturday night may have been a contributing factor behind a second-half fadeout in which Shepparton let slip a five-point lead at the main break before losing 58-49.

Barton led all scorers with 12 points, while Chelsea Atkins and Sarah Murray each finished with eight points.

SCORES

Saturday — Shepparton Lady Gators 65 (Rhianna Barton 22, Elly Keating 14) d Seymour Blasters 62.

Sunday — Wallan Panthers 58 d Shepparton Lady Gators 49 (Rhianna Barton 12).

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