AN INJURY-RIDDLED Warrnambool Mermaids side has defied internal expectations to condemn third-placed Mornington Breakers to an 11-point defeat.
The ladder-leading Mermaids were without star trio Maddy White, Holly Greene and Renee Tuck for the clash and gifted court-time to several up-and-coming juniors.
The Louise Brown-coached outfit produced a 21-point third term to lead 61-50 at the final buzzer.
Brown said the clash was a “danger game” and was delighted with the emerging depth in her squad.
“I was a little bit worried going into the game, having so many girls out of the side,” she said.
“But it was just a genuine team effort. I don’t think there was a girl that hit the floor that didn’t score.
“It shows the fantastic depth which we’re building.”
Amy Wormald starred, dropping 24 points and accruing eight rebounds from just three wquarters.
She was forced to watch a quarter from the sidelines due to foul trouble.
The Seahawks also gifted a last-quarter debut to Terang junior Leah Barlett, who was sdervicable with two rebounds.
Brown said defence was one of the Mermaids’ key focuses and praised her charges’ output.
“A message we’ve spoken about is that we just can’t rely on one or two people,” she said.
“Defence has been one of our big things and as a team, to keep them to 50 points, we’re really happy with that.”
The Seahawks also defeated Sunbury Jets.