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January 16, 2018

Shepparton Lady Gators can’t miss out on the finals from here.

Chris Judd’s side produced a mammoth effort to defeat competition strength Wangaratta 57-45 on Saturday.

With the Lady Gators sitting in second position after a slow start to the season, what the side can achieve is limitless.

Just one match against Seymour remains before the Country Basketball League North East finals start and Shepparton has begun to create complete performances.

Having displayed a solid showing on Saturday in Wangaratta team manager Michelle Judd said there was one simple reason for the win.

‘‘Defence won the game, it’s as simple as that,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a very defensive game and I think that resulted in the score, but we missed a lot of shots.’’

But the opportunities continued to be created during the away victory with Briana Moon the match’s top scorer with 17 points.

She had plenty of assistance from Rhianna Barton who contributed 14 points, while Marni Sharp added 13 points to the scoreboard.

‘‘Briana Moon had an amazing game, she really took on that role (as point guard),’’ Judd said.

‘‘We were a few players down and young Maddi Moroney, our point guard, was away which meant it was a good opportunity for some of the other girls.’’

Rachel Jeffery was the only Lady Warriors player that was able to score relatively freely, as she netted 16 points with nine made up from free throws.

Shepparton learned from its first game against Wangaratta this season when the Lady Gators were defeated by eight points at home.

Altering their game plan from the initial encounter put the Lady Warriors on the back foot as the away side began to take hold in the second quarter.

With a finals appearance secured and the 12-point margin meaning the Lady Gators are ahead in the head-to-head contest against Wangaratta, the match was just as important for the side’s confidence.

‘‘The girls maintained their composure and played the game through to the end and we’ve tended not to do that,’’ Judd said.

‘‘We were very pleased to get the win.’’

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