Seymour starts season undefeated, putting the Benalla Breakers to the sword

By Meg Saultry

The Seymour Lady Blasters have started their CBL season in faultless form, winning their second game on the trot.

In what was their first home game of the season, the Blasters overcame the Benalla Breakers in dominant fashion, finishing the game 95-31 victors. 

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With both teams fielding relatively younger squads this year, it was Seymour’s youth who rose to the occasion, led superbly by junior talent Tayha Watkins (25 points, including four-three pointers) in hitting the scoreboard.

But despite the perfect start, Seymour coach Bill Pearce said he was not getting too comfortable ahead of a long season.

“This is very early, we are certainly not getting ahead of ourselves,” Pearce said.

“Wodonga is going to be very stiff, Myrtleford will be tough as well.

“We’re looking forward to the challenges.” 

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In front of hometown support, it took the Blasters a few beats to settle, conceding four turnovers in the first two minutes.

But once they got their groove, it was all up from there, the Blasters extending their lead at every change.

“We set ourselves a target at each quarter of where we wanted to be, and we exceeded that all the way through,” Pearce said.

“We got a little bit scrappy in the second quarter.

“But after the half time break, after we sat down and went through some of our offensive sets, the girls went out and executed exceptionally well.”

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Alongside Watkins, Hayleigh Frost (17 points) was another to take her opportunities around the ring, while Rosie O’Sullivan’s experience was evident among the team.

Meanwhile, Lucy Zotti, a state runner, added plenty of pace to the floor, while Dyani Ananiev’s ability to reach in saw her pull plenty of rebounds and intercepts.

“We’re a very young side, but we’re a very fast side,” Pearce said.

“We run the floor very well.

“Tonight, everyone on the floor scored points. Hopefully that is a trademark of our game.”

The Lady Blasters will face another undefeated team in the Wallan Panthers at RB Robson Stadium this Saturday night, with the game kicking off from 6pm.