Youth Women bite Venom, winning streak at six
Camberwell continued its sizzling start to the Big V Youth League One Women season with a crushing 50-point road win against Warrandyte on Saturday night.
The winless Venom kept this one close early and was within nine at the half, but couldn’t keep up with the ruthless Dragons, who outscored their host 50-9 the rest of the way en route to an 80-30 win.
Ryleh Killian had a huge night for Camberwell, registering a 29-point, 11-rebound double-double as the Dragons stretched their season-opening winning streak to six.
Rachael Smith added a double-double of her own (12 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals), and Catherine Seletto pulled down 12 boards to go with eight points and five steals.
Camberwell shot the ball at just 29 per cent from the field, but pounded Warrandyte on the glass, reeling in 75 rebounds (29 of them offensive) to the Venom’s 52.
The Dragons improved to 6-0 and closed the night in second place, a game back from Eltham (7-0).
In other Dragons’ Big V action on Saturday, Jay Mackenzie had a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, but couldn’t stop our Championship Men’s team falling to Melbourne University in overtime.
Melbourne Uni caught the visitors with a 23-13 final quarter to force OT and then pulled away in the extra period for an 87-80 win.
Anthony Kimble added a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Dragons, who fell to 3-4, while Melbourne University (4-2) had six players score 10 points or more.
Our Championship Women had a rough night at Eagle Stadium, where they crashed to a 91-43 loss to unbeaten league leader Wyndham, and our Youth League One Men faded late in a 75-70 loss at Sherbrooke.
The Dragons opened up a 42-33 lead at the half and still led by five entering the last quarter, but the Suns outscored them 21-11 the rest of the way to secure the win, and first place on the ladder.
Matt Power was a force on the boards for Camberwell, dragging in 21 rebounds to go with 12 points, and Conor Mathews finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Sherbrooke improved to 6-1, the Dragons falling to 4-2.
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