Pirates walk plank into Gator waters

December 12, 2017

Shepparton's Marni Sharp was in fine form in her return to the court.

Shepparton's Maddi Moroney may be the side's youngest player, but never fails to make an impact.

Shepparton's Maddie Dowling.

It is astounding what one win can do.

The Shepparton Lady Gators thrilled a hometown crowd with a 21-point win against the Echuca Pirates to place themselves back into finals contention.

Having occupied fifth spot on the table after their last match, the Lady Gators were in a logjam with the toughest teams in the competition.

Following close losses in their past two matches, Saturday’s comprehensive 67-46 victory is a welcome change.

Marni Sharp was back in the fold and made an immediate impact, scoring Shepparton’s first three-pointer of the match.

She remained a part of all the action as the Lady Gators romped to a eight-point lead at quarter-time.

But the first quarter was nothing on what Shepparton would produce after that.

Opening up the second quarter with 10 of the first 12 points, Chris Judd’s troops firmly had a hold on the match.

While Rhianna Barton continued to feature in the scoring as per usual, plenty of other players stood up as Briana Moon and Chelsea Atkins had the scoreboard ticking over.

Shepparton never let the Pirates string together more than five points in a row, with the Lady Gators remaining in firm control of the match.

With plenty of contributors, Judd’s side moved to third place on the Country Basketball League north-east ladder.

A big weekend awaits the Lady Gators as an away double header has the side meet Wodonga on Saturday night before backing up against Wallan the following afternoon.

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