Youth Women hold on for ninth straight win

Whatever it takes: Sophie Jones (18) and Ryleh Killian hammer the boards for the Dragons during Camberwell’s win against Bulleen. Picture: Craig Dingle, Melbourne Sports Photography

Rachael Smith and Ryleh Killian combined for 34 points and 28 rebounds and Camberwell ground out a 60-59 road win against Bulleen on Saturday night to stretch its season-opening winning streak in Big V Youth League One Women’s play to nine.

Smith finished with an equal game-high 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds and Killian added 16 points and 15 boards for the Dragons, who didn’t have it all their own way against a strong Boomers team at East Doncaster Secondary College.

Camberwell led by four at the half and this one was close the rest of the way, with the host slicing the Dragons’ four-point advantage at three quarter-time to the smallest of margins after 40 minutes.

It wasn’t always pretty for the Dragons, who shot the ball at just 28 per cent from the field, made just 3-of-21 of their three-point attempts and turned the ball over 20 times.

But they made up for their shooting woes with another committed night’s work on the glass and reeled in 62 rebounds to Bulleen’s 41, including 29 offensive boards.

Kaitlyn Wallace had seven points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal, and Jade Knight handed out four assists to go with five points and four boards for Camberwell, which improved to 9-0 and joined Eltham Wildcats (9-0) at the top of the standings.

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