Shepparton export Maddie Garrick shook off a mild injury concern to put in another solid performance for SEABL club Kilsyth on Saturday.
Garrick, who jetted off to India yesterday with the Australian Opals side in preparation for the looming Asian Cup, had been battling a minor adductor issue since last month’s national selection camp in Phoenix, Arizona.
However, Garrick, 25, seemed back to full health for the Cobras, managing 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in her side’s 73-57 victory against Frankston.
But what impressed most was her scoring efficiency.
Averaging just less than 45 per cent from the field for the season, Garrick found her range much more consistently to sink six out of 10 two-point shots and three out of five three-point attempts for a healthy shooting percentage of 60.
Garrick also averages more than 18 points, seven rebounds and almost three assists across 14 games this season, with the ladder-leading Cobras missing their star when she does not take to the court.
The dominant point guard missed the previous four matches, with Kilsyth suffering half of its overall season defeats (two of four) in that time.
Garrick’s output was also down in Kilsyth’s two early season losses, shooting at 48 per cent in a 62-75 defeat on April 2 and just 15 per cent in a 47-65 loss three weeks later.
With the Asian Cup scheduled for July 23 to 29, the Cobras will have to do without their barometer for at least the next two games, against struggling Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga, but the homegrown talent should return in time for a crucial clash with Sydney Uni.
The Opals’ Asian Cup campaign begins with a fixture against Korea, before facing the Philippines and Japan to round out the group stage.