Perth emphatically backed up its win on Wednesday night against Southside to easily take care of Canberra by 19 points in Kelly Wilson’s record breaking 400th game.
In what is a critically important WNBL season for all of the Opal squad members trying to make the World Cup team, two players are making sure national head coach, Sandy Brondello takes notice.
Lauren Scherf and Darcee Garbin’s hot start to the season won’t be going overlooked, as both backed up brilliant performances from Wednesday’s game.
Scherf followed up her double double from Wednesday night with another double double (11 points and 12 rebounds) including a couple of corner threes – showing her range as a centre.
Garbin’s leadership on defence was important early, and just like Scherf, showed her ability to hit the scoreboard from beyond the arc – finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and 2 two blocks.
American import Marina Mabrey continued her scoring form with 27 points – surprisingly without hitting a single three point shot, her speciality.
Jackie Young showed us a little more of what she can achieve with ball in hand – attacking the basket off on ball screens – scoring 14 points.
The confidence is evident in this Lynx side with the ball movement on offence, looking for open players and sharing it around. In just their third game for the season, the Lynx could do very little wrong for the entire game.
Perth took the game away from Canberra in the first quarter with easy scores in the paint, once again going to Scherf early for their first points of the night.
All five starters scored for the Lynx in the first quarter on their way to 31 points. It was too much of a bridge to gap for the Capitals, who rallied in the second quarter on the back of some up tempo play and some much needed baskets by Wilson and Mikaela Ruef.
Perth finished the game with 88 points, which with their fire power on offence is no surprise, however it was their defence which was impressive.
In the post match interview, Mabrey highlighted their defence and the team’s unselfish offence.
“We executed our defence really well and we moved the ball,” she said.
“We are a really tough team to stop when we move the ball well and get everyone involved.”
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Although it wasn’t to be the celebration that Wilson would have wanted, it was an incredible achievement to notch up 400 games. Wilson and the Capitals had to wait a week, but finally got to celebrate the historic milestone.
Perth now heads back to Ballarat to play the Melbourne Boomers on Monday night, looking to make it three from three this round. The Capitals will regroup and set themselves for a rematch with Perth on Wednesday night (pending any fixture changes).
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