Finals bound

Swan Hill Lady Flyers look set to host a home final during the Australia Day long weekend, after a 105-28 win against Castlemaine Lady Cannons on Sunday.

Swan Hill Lady Flyers player Laura Anderson shoots for three as Sarah Hepburn places a defensive screen during their 77-point demolition of Castlemaine on Sunday. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Swan Hill Lady Flyers player Laura Anderson shoots for three as Sarah Hepburn places a defensive screen during their 77-point demolition of Castlemaine on Sunday. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

In their second game of the weekend, the Lady Flyers bounced back from a 14-point loss on Saturday night against the second placed Bendigo Braves to dominate a young Castlemaine outfit from the onset.

Swan Hill piled on more than 20 points in every quarter, while restricting the Cannons to under ten points in each term, including a measly three points in the second quarter, to record the massive 77-point victory.

Madeleine Jeans starred in and around the key, posting 27 points, with most of the Flyers taking advantage of the holes in Castlemaine's defence, too, as four other players also reached double digits for the match.

As a result, the Lady Flyers currently sit in third position after their last regular season game, with five wins and five losses.

Provided they maintain that position following the last round of the competition next week, they will face the sixth placed side Castlemaine again at the Swan Hill Basketball Stadium on the January 27 in the first round of finals.

Lady Flyers head coach Sharon Denham said the big win proved crucial. 

With another encounter against the Lady Cannons likely to take place, Denham will make sure the girls do not take them lightly.

"I think we probably needed that after the Saturday night. It's a great position we're in now and it's even better to have a home final," Sharon said.

"They'll still have to be cautious and not complacent. No matter who you play in the day, anything can happen. So we just need to execute and do what we do best."

These finals plans can still be spoiled though, but with the Lady Flyers healthy percentage, it will be hard to knock them down.

Kyneton Tigers will need to defeat the Braves next week, and by a fair margin, to leapfrog the Flyers, while the Maryborough Blazers need percentage boosting wins in both their remaining matches to be able to impact Swan Hill's position.

To read more about this story, grab a copy of Wednesday's Guardian (January 17).

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