Up one night, down the next

November 14, 2017

Shepparton Lady Gators star Rhianna Barton scored 18 points in her side's big win against Seymour.

Shepparton Lady Gators experienced mixed results on a double-header weekend in the Country Basketball League.

They headed to Seymour on Saturday night where they crushed their local rivals by 26 points.

Lady Gators star Rhianna Barton again showed her experience as she played a major part in the 74-48 win.

With 18 points Barton yet again was dominant in the arc as she continues to lead the scoring for her side this season.

Marni Sharp also made a valuable contribution of 14 points, nearly doubling her average this season.

The Lady Gators’ scoring easily counteracted their opposition, which was led by Rosie O’Sullivan’s 25 points while the remaining Seymour players finished in single figures.

Shepparton needed little time to stake its claim on the game at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Trailing only for two minutes in the opening quarter, once the Lady Gators moved in front their firm hold was never broken.

By the end of the first term Shepparton was already 12 points in front, letting through just 10 points in the second quarter.

But the consistent performance could not be backed up the following day after a trip to Myrtleford.

In a low-scoring match the Myrtleford Saints defeated their higher-ranked opposition 46-41.

With Barton absent, no other Shepparton player was able to step into her shoes and collect a high score.

As a tight defensive effort came from the Saints no Lady Gator could reach double figures.

Briana Moon was the closest as she snared seven points with Chelsea Atkins chiming in with six.

The difference was Myrtleford’s Paige Zamperoni who added 15 points to the Saints’ total as top-scorer for the match.

But the margin could have been greater with Shepparton trailing by 10 points midway through the third quarter before staging a minor comeback by outscoring their opposition by three points in the final term.

The Lady Gators currently sit third on the North East table with a week off before hosting the Wangaratta Lady Warriors on November 25.

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