The Bearcat Women’s fast paced style of play was too much for the Tigers to handle as they christened the new floorboards with a twenty-point victory on Friday night at Port Adelaide.
Sky Langenbrinck was impressive with 21 points and five steals sparked by a huge rejection just before quarter time as she sent Jemma Thacker’s three-ball flying back to where it came from and taking the Bearcat women into quarter time with a 23-14 lead.
Jasmin Fejo gave the Bearcats their first points of the second quarter off a nifty transition layup, followed by a Langenbrinck steal and a Jordan Hunter finish. Alexis Eckles finished the quarter for the Bearcats as she trailed down the line for an easy two off a picture perfect assist from Keeley Pearce, allowing the Bearcat women to take a 46-33 lead into half time.
Ashleigh ‘Splash’ Spencer showed everyone the reason for her nickname as she splashed down a three after the half time break for the first points of the third quarter. The Bearcats pushed on from there, holding the Tigers to a measly 10 points for the quarter, regardless of Isabella Stratford’s (18pts, 7reb, 4ass) best efforts to keep her Southern Tigers side in the contest.
An assist from Hajnal Nagy to Keeley Pearce signalled the end of the quarter, as the buzzer-beating mid ranger from Pearce found net. The score at the final break; 61-43.
The final quarter saw all players see time with young gun, Staci Kennedy, hitting the court with 3:37 to play. A junior faithful since U10s and known for her hustling work ethic and her deadly short corner shot, keep your eye on Kennedy in years to come.
The Bearcat Women eventually came out victorious 76-56 off a game high scoring performance from Sky Langenbrinck, a double double from Ashleigh Spencer (17pts, 11reb, 2ass) and an injection of energy off the bench from Alexis Eckles (9pts, 7ass, 6reb). With an entire team of players that could catch alight at anytime, the Bearcats look to be a formidable force in the 2019 season. Watch this space.