Shepparton Lady Gators on the march

By Tyler Maher

It is moving day for the women’s north-east division in the Country Basketball League, especially for the Shepparton Lady Gators.

The local outfit sits in sixth spot on the table with four wins to its name, but is only one win ahead of seventh spot and one game behind fourth-placed Wodonga.

With the quarter-final stage of the season approaching quickly, the clash between the Lady Gators and Lady Wolves tonight from 6pm at the Shepparton Sports Stadium will go a long way to deciding where each side lands heading into the knockout rounds.

If the Lady Gators could find a third win in a row tonight it could provide them with a platform to snare a fourth-placed finish after next weekend’s final round of the regular season against Myrtleford.

Chris Judd’s troops have reason to be confident too, with their second win of the season coming against the Lady Wolves in hostile territory in round seven.

The Lady Gators lent heavily on Marni Sharp (34 points), Rhianna Barton (19) and Kior Zito (16) during the 97-54 triumph, but that trio was relatively quiet in last week’s victory against Wangaratta.

In positive signs for tonight’s hosts, Tammy Goyne (12 points) and Sarah Down (10) stood up to support Barton (13) against the Lady Warriors and another even scoring contribution will be needed this round.