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PHOTOS | Solid victories as Hornets shore up spots

HARD FOUGHT: Horsham Hornet Jake Hobbs is stuck in traffic during Saturday’s match against Geelong Supercats. The Hornets went on to win 90-76. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

HARD FOUGHT: Horsham Hornet Jake Hobbs is stuck in traffic during Saturday’s match against Geelong Supercats. The Hornets went on to win 90-76. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

By Colin MacGillivray
Horsham Hornets and Lady Hornets showed no signs of holiday rust at Horsham Basketball Stadium on Saturday night, both posting solid victories against Geelong in their first games after the Christmas-New Year break.
The Lady Hornets took the court at 6pm and were in immediate control against the Supercats.
Five Lady Hornets scored in the first quarter, led by forward Faith McKenzie’s eight points, and helped the home side to a 24-8 lead.
The margin was never closer than 11 points after quarter time as Horsham cantered to a 71-46 victory.
Centre Caitlin Story was at her best for the Lady Hornets, with 20 points in her 50th game.
Coach Damien Kilpatrick praised Story for her consistency.

Georgie Carberry passes to Caitlin Story, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Georgie Carberry passes to Caitlin Story, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

“She doesn’t do anything wrong, ever,” he said.
“She is such a consistent player for us week in and week out.”
Kilpatrick also lauded the contributions of McKenzie, who finished the game with 18 points.
“She was her usual self as well,” he said.
“She always gives 110 percent when she’s on the court.
“It might lead to occasional mistakes, but you know she’s always going to give full effort.”
Young guard Nekaela Butler stepped into the starting line-up for the first time in the absence of Shannon Cross and sisters Ema and Maddie Iredell.
“We only told her a minute before the game that she was starting, but I thought she handled it really well and played a great game,” Kilpatrick said.
“Our goal at the start of the season was obviously to win the whole thing, but also to start developing some younger players.
“If Nekaela and some of the other young players can consistently play like she did, we’ll be in a good position for years to come.”
The Lady Hornets will be at home again this weekend, with a double-
header against the Warrnambool Mermaids on Saturday at 6pm and Bellarine Storm on Sunday at noon.
Kilpatrick said the Lady Hornets would have a full team to pick from.
We might have to drop a few players and go with the strongest team that we can,” he said.
“Percentage will be vital and ours probably isn’t as high as we’d like it to be, so we’ll be aiming to win by as much as we can.”
Men
Horsham’s men kept themselves entrenched at the top of the ladder with a 90-76 win against the Supercats.
The victory did not come as easily as the women’s with the Hornets forced to withstand a second quarter fightback by Geelong.
Horsham burst out of the blocks with a flurry of three-pointers, hitting six in the first quarter to build a 26-10 lead.
It was Geelong’s turn to do damage from the perimeter in the second quarter, with Jack Dunstan netting three triples in the space of two minutes to ignite the visitors.

Jeremiah McKenzie, Hornets vs Geelong.

Jeremiah McKenzie, Hornets vs Geelong.


Scores were knotted at 41 at the main break when Jamieson Hultgren scored his ninth and tenth points at the end of the quarter.
The game looked evenly poised, but Jeremiah McKenzie helped put the Hornets back in control for good after half-time.
McKenzie scored 18 points in a third-quarter blitz that included five three-pointers.
The outburst gave Horsham a 14-point lead, which it would not squander.
McKenzie and captain Tim Pickert combined for 58 points in the game, while forward Jordyn Burke played his strongest game for the season.
Young big Austin McKenzie was also solid for the home team and guard Harley Pope logged his first points for the season on a first-quarter three-pointer.
The Hornets will also face off against Warrnambool and Bellarine this weekend, with tip-off times at 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday respectively.
The Seahawks are winless this season, but the Storm is looking to seal a top-four spot and should challenge the Hornets.
If the home team claims victory in both matches, it will be in the box seat to seal the south-west conference minor premiership.
• Ararat Redbacks will travel to Mt Gambier on Saturday to take on the Lakers at 7pm at Bern Bruning Basketball Stadium.

Georgia Hiscock fights for the ball, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Georgia Hiscock fights for the ball, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Jess Cannane, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Jess Cannane, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Rebecca McIntyre guards Jasmine Whatley, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Rebecca McIntyre guards Jasmine Whatley, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Georgia Hiscock passes to Georgie Carberry, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Georgia Hiscock passes to Georgie Carberry, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Caitlin Story passes to Georgie Carberry. Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Caitlin Story passes to Georgie Carberry. Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Faith McKenzie out reaches Alannah Northam. Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Faith McKenzie out reaches Alannah Northam. Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Nekaela Butler, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Nekaela Butler, Horsham Lady Hornets vs Geelong Supercats.

Harley Pope, Hornets vs Geelong.

Harley Pope, Hornets vs Geelong.

Matty Lloyd, Hornets vs Geelong.

Matty Lloyd, Hornets vs Geelong.

Tim Pickert shoots as Kyle Baulch tries to block. Hornets vs Geelong.

Tim Pickert shoots as Kyle Baulch tries to block. Hornets vs Geelong.

Jordyn Burke, Hornets vs Geelong.

Jordyn Burke, Hornets vs Geelong.

Jeremiah McKenzie, Hornets vs Geelong.

Jeremiah McKenzie, Hornets vs Geelong.

Jake Hobbs. Hornets vs Geelong.

Jake Hobbs. Hornets vs Geelong.

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