A June long weekend bye is perfectly timed for the Goldfields Giants’ women’s squad as they regroup after a tough NBL1 initiation continued with two defeats in Perth at the weekend.
The Giants are 11th in the 13-team standings with a 1-7 win-loss record after lowering their colours to Lakeside and Perry Lakes by scores of 73-55 and 78-54, respectively.
Danielle McCray scored 19 points and racked up seven rebounds in the match on Saturday against Lakeside, but no-one else scored in double figures.
Emma Klasztorny had 10 rebounds and followed up with a team-high 18 points against Perry Lakes.
But McCray was the only significant back-up with 10 points.
Giants coach Rob Thomson said the inclusion of Ruth Hamblin for Lakeside had challenged his players.
Hamblin was a match-winner with 24 points, 18 rebounds, two steals and four blocked shots.
“At six-foot-six, she (Hamblin) was tough for us to stop,” Thomson said.
“Amanda Wayment battled really hard to limit Ruth’s influence and she did a great job for us as we ended up winning the rebound count on the night 47-45.”
For Thomson, the steep learning curve would continue ahead of the squad’s next match on June 11 against the Perth Redbacks.
“It was a tough weekend on the road and our team is very disappointed with the results,” he said.
“We have to value the ball more in offence and reduce our turnovers as that is really hurting us (and) allowing our opposition to get some easy baskets.
“Also, we have to become more consistent shooters.
“Most games we are getting the same, if not more shots, than our opponents — we just have to knock those open shots down to give us a chance to win these games.
“To be honest, we just want to get back on to the court to play, as there is a high level of motivation to get our next win.
“We will continue to improve our training standards which will hopefully help us see some success in the near future.”