HAMPDEN Green leader Stacey O’Sullivan praised her side’s midcourt for its Western Regional State League preliminary final win over Camperdown Night last night.
The 53-49 win was set up in the first half.
Hampden Green’s full court pressure and quick transition caused Camperdown Night headaches.
Green built an eight-goal lead at quarter-time and held a nine-goal advantage at the main break.
Camperdown burst out of the blocks in the third quarter, piling on seven goals in quick succession to get to within two goals.
A time-out was called with 12 minutes left in the term and Hampden Green scored the first goal after the break.
O’Sullivan went off with back soreness.
“We were a bit flat and I was slow and I needed to get off the court,” she said.
“As soon as we brought speed on . . . it all turned around.” The contest ebbed and flowed and Hampden Green took a 41-34 lead into the final break.
“It felt like we were in control. They were very undermanned, they had their bare seven,” O’Sullivan said.
“It was good for Kate Foster to have a hit out because we lose Ruby (Wilson) next week. She’s going to China. So it was good those girls played so well. I couldn’t have faulted anyone.”
O’Sullivan said competition pace-setter Hampden White would be tough to beat in next week’s grand final.
O’Sullivan and Emily Batt are both in a race against time to be fit.
“There are a few injury clouds and we probably need to get them right,” she said.
“They will be very tough to beat. They are very tall and we’re probably not.”
Hampden Red coach Gill Herrmann was ecstatic following her undermanned team’s 45-36 17 and under preliminary final win over Warrnambool City.
“Some of our girls played the best game they’ve ever played,” she said.
“We only went with the seven and we didn’t move one position. We are very excited now about being in the grand final.”
Herrmann said her players teamed up well.
Hampden Red meets Terang and District in the decider.