Werribee Devils feel the pain of twin defeats

Alyssa Bennett. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

Werribee Devils have endured a gut-wrenching weekend in Big V division 1 women’s basketball.

The Devils suffered two narrow losses to fall to 1-3 after four games.

On Saturday night, Werribee played catch up most of the way, eventually suffering a 63-54 home defeat to Warrnambool Mermaids.

The Devils were behind the eight ball after a lacklustre second period in which they were out-scored 20-10.

They were able to hang in the game, but could never bridge the gap, despite the best efforts of import Alyssa Bennett, who had 14 points and four rebounds, and Georgia Tauschke, with 12 points and five rebounds.

On Sunday, Werribee had a chance to atone for the loss, this time starting strongly and fading late in a 71-64 loss to Casey Cavaliers away at Casey Stadium.

The Devils looked the goods at half-time, leading by six, but they fell away in the second half, out-scored by 13 in the third and fourth periods.

Bennett again was the star attraction for the Devils with 21 points and seven rebounds.

Daniella Pisano, with 12 points and four assists, and Sam Moodie, with 11 points and 12 rebounds, were the other Devils standouts.

In the men’s championship, Werribee Devils went down 109-95 to the Hume City Broncos at Eagle Stadium on Saturday night.

The Broncos finished the game on an 18-4 run to consign the Devils to their second loss in three games.

Import Konor Kulas filled it up for Werribee with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

Bryan Nagy, with 16 points and four rebounds, Deng Chan, 15 points, and Paul Elderkin, 14 points, were the other leading scorers for the Devils.


Lance Jenkinson