Eagles soar into CBL top four

TWO more wins has lifted the Maffra women’s team into the top four on the Country Basketball League ladder.

The Eagles won both their matches in the Latrobe Valley last weekend. The have now won their past five outings.

On Saturday night, the Eagles defeated Traralgon 78-71.

Maffra led 19-11 at quarter-time before the T-Birds reduced the deficit to three points by half-time.

The Eagles scored 22 points to 18 in the third term to establish what would become an insurmountable lead, then maintaining a seven-point lead through the final quarter.

Coco Henry scored 10 points for the visitors, while Leisl Sexton scored a game high 20 for Traralgon.

Strong second and third quarters helped the Eagles defeat Moe 77-53 on Sunday afternoon.

Leading by three at quarter-time, the Eagles out-scored the Meteors 17-7 and 20-10 in the second and third terms respectively. Maffra extended its lead to 23 by full time.

The Eagles’ top-scorers were Jaz Allman with 16 and Henry, 14. Michelle Clarke scored 17 for Moe.

MAFFRA has fallen to fifth position on the men’s ladder after two weekend defeats.

At Traralgon on Saturday, the Eagles were unable to overcome a nine-point quarter-time deficit, going down 66-54. The visitors won two of the next three quarters, but not enough to make up for the T-Birds’ strong beginning.

Frazar Brouns scored 19 points for Traralgon, while Bill Pleming led Maffra’s scoring with 17.

On Sunday, Moe turned a six-point three-quarter-time deficit into a 92-86 victory over Maffra.

The Eagles had a good start, leading 29-22 at quarter-time before the Meteors cut the margin to four by the main break. Maffra’s out-scored Moe in the third quarter, but couldn’t prevent the home side scoring 24 points to 12 in the final term.

Moe’s scoring was led by Jack Sheedy (30) and Josh Pearce (20). For Maffra, Andrew Quirk scored 24.

BOTH Maffra teams will travel to Somerville this Sunday to play Western Port.

When the clubs met at Maffra earlier this season, the Eagles won both men’s and women’s matches.

The next CBL match at Maffra, on Saturday, December 12, will have the Eagles women taking on Southern Peninsula.