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Another double-header test for undefeated Horsham Hornets

KEY: Centre Damien Skurrie, pictured playing against Terang, was a standout for Horsham Hornets against Corio Bay on Saturday night. The Hornets held on to win the match by two points in a thriller. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

KEY: Centre Damien Skurrie, pictured playing against Terang, was a standout for Horsham Hornets against Corio Bay on Saturday night. The Hornets held on to win the match by two points in a thriller. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

Horsham Hornets have jumped to the top of the 2016-17 Country Basketball League south-west conference ladder after defeating Corio Bay and Colac in a double-header at the weekend.
The Hornets will hit the road again to take on Millicent on Saturday night and Mt Gambier on Sunday.
Horsham coach Cam Bruce said his side would face a difficult test, with several players to miss the double header.
Brett Goodgame, unavailable, and Josh Grover, ankle, will miss both matches, with Damien Skurrie is unavailable Saturday and an uncertainty for Sunday.
“Millicent is new to the competition so we don’t really know what to expect from them,” he said.
“Like any game, we’ll go in respecting our opposition.
“Mt Gambier is always thereabouts come finals, so we’re expecting it to be tough.”
The Hornets will enter the matches in strong form.
“When we go on the road we aim to win one – two wins are hard to come by, so we’re definitely happy with the weekend’s result,” Bruce said.
Saturday night’s match against Corio Bay went to the wire, with the Hornets winning by two points, 96-94.
“It was our best game for the year,” Bruce said.
“We had patches of really good play and patches we still need to work on.
“We were down by eight at half time, outplayed them in the third quarter and kept our lead in the last to win.
“Everyone played really well. Once we play all four quarters as a team we’ll be hard to beat, that’s for sure.”
Bruce said Tim Pickert, 22 points, and Brett Goodgame, 21, were standouts.
“They led from the front and hit big shots at key times,” he said.
“Damien Skurrie also played really well. He played nearly a full game because Josh Grover injured his ankle early and we didn’t have another centre or taller option.”
Bruce said his younger players stood up during Sunday’s 16-point win over Colac, 86-70.
“Riley Bryan took some good rebounds and crucial intercepts and Mitch Martin and Jezza McKenzie continued to show they’re willing to take the game on,” he said.
Matt Lovel, 22, Tim Pickert and Bruce, 21, produced the team’s highest scores.
Lady Hornets
Like their male counterparts, Horsham’s Lady Hornets are undefeated on top of the ladder after wins against Corio Bay and Colac.
Coach Gareth Hiscock said he was pleased with his charges’ performances.
“Road double headers are always tough so it was good to come away with two comfortable wins,” he said.
“The Corio Bay match was a cracking game. It was close throughout, but our fitness helped us run away with it towards the end.”
The Hornets won the match by 23 points, 80-57.
“Sophie Alexander and Georgia Hiscock were our best players on the court for the night,” Hiscock said.Georgia Hiscock finished with 21 points and Alexander 13.
“It was a really physical game. We’ll be seeing them again in finals,” Hiscock said.
He said Sunday’s match against Colac was a scrappier affair.
“It wasn’t pretty, but it was good to get away with the win,” he said.
“Sophie Alexander was our shining light again. I thought Caitlin Story and Ally Hiscock also played well.”
The Hornets triumphed by 15 points, 72-57.
Hiscock said he looked forward to another challenge, this time against second-placed Millicent.
Millicent defeated Corio Bay by nine points a fortnight ago.
“They are a new team but I know some of their players through representative basketball and they are very good,” Hiscock said.
“The coach is their equivalent of Horsham’s Owen Hughan, so they would have become well drilled as soon as they walked through the door.
“Mt Gambier is always a tough gig too. Come Sunday night, after two tough games, we’ll know where we’re at and where our season is heading.”
Hiscock said he would have a full list of players to choose from.
Stawell Wildcats men will take confidence from Sunday’s performance against Warrnambool into the rest of the competition.
The Wildcats got within 13 points of the higher-ranked Seahawks on the back of strong performances from Paul Summers, 23 points, and Domenic Di Domenico, 21.
They went down 81-94.
The Wildcats men have a bye at the weekend, as do the women, who are coming off a tough 35-point loss to Warrnambool Mermaids, 38-73.
Wildcats were again led by coach Grace Bibby, 17 points, with support from Tracey Dark, 12.

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