Horsham Hornets look to beat Stawell Wildcats

HORSHAM Hornets women’s coach Sharon Fedke is hoping her side can start the new year with a win against Stawell Wildcats on Saturday night.

After an early win against the Wildcats in the Country Basketball League South-West division, the Hornets have stalled, with narrow losses to Portland and Warrnambool.

“We’ll be looking to start the new year fresh with a win against Stawell on our home court,” Fedke said.

“We beat them by 46 points last time, but you can’t take anything for granted.”

The Hornets are sitting in third position on the table, and with only three matches remaining in the season, it is a must-win game.

Fedke will be restricted to the bench because of a knee niggle, while Ema Iredell will also be on the sidelines with a back injury.

But the Horsham coach is confident her side can overcome a break from training over Christmas and is confident in her team’s ability to score.

“We haven’t trained for a few weeks – it’s always difficult over the Christmas break,” Fedke said. 

“I think if we can work our way into the game we’ll be okay.

“We’ve got a bit of a luxury with quite a wide spread of players who can score.”

One of those is 15-year-old star-in-the-making Chloe Bibby, who has the best scoring average in the south-west division.

In her two games, Bibby has scored 29 points – more than a quarter of her team’s combined score.

Fedke also highlighted Maddie Iredell, Caitlin Story and Emma Nikkerud as players who can score baskets for the Hornets.

Stawell will be looking for their first win of the season, with Jess Williamson leading the Wildcats’ scoring with 38 points from three matches.

The women’s match tips off at 6pm.

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