SALE trailed Warragul after each quarter of its Country Basketball League women’s match on Saturday night, but was in front when it mattered most.
The Sonics returned home with a 72-71 victory, moving them into third place on the ladder.
The Warriors led by four points at quarter-time, one at half-time and five at three-quarter-time.
The Sonics got within one point early in the final term, before the Warriors responded with the nine points to lead by 10.
The Sonics fought back, and had the lead with a three-pointer from Kristy Glover inside the final three minutes.
Another Glover three-point pushed the lead out to six points, but the Warriors kept pressing to win, only to fall a point short at the final siren.
Breanna Kerton top-scored for the Sonics with 25 points, while Glover recorded 21 and Olivia Barnett 12. For Warragul, Mikaela Dickson scored 18, Peta Rhodes 17 and Makaela Zeldenryk 16.
Also on Saturday night, Maffra held off a stern challenge from Traralgon to post its second win of the season.At the Cameron Sporting Complex, the Eagles won 68-65, giving the ladder leader its first loss of the season.
A good start served the hosts well, leading 19-12 at quarter-time. The T-Birds reduced the deficit to five points by half-time and three by three-quarter-time.
The Eagles had the better of the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points to 18, winning by three points.
Maddison Wild scored 23 points for Maffra and Paige Biddle 15, while Samantha Labros scored 26 for Traralgon.
SOUTHERN Peninsula had a successful weekend in east Gippsland, winning both its men’s matches.
The Sharks defeated Sale on Saturday night, and Maffra on Sunday afternoon.
At the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Southern Peninsula finished strongly to defeat Sale 110-85.
The Sharks led by two points at quarter-time, before the Sonics had the better of the second term to take a two-point advantage into half-time.
A thrilling finish was promised with scores level 71-71 at three-quarter-time, but the visitors over-powered the Sonics in the final term, out-scoring the hosts 39-14 to win by 25 points.
The Sharks were led on the scoreboard by Matt Brasser and Corey Bond, with 34 and 29 points respectively.
Luke Williams top-scored for the Sonics with 31, while Jake Hutchins and Ben Dessent scored 15 each.
The next day, Southern Peninsula gave Maffra its first defeat of the season, winning 95-83.
The Sharks led by 17 points at quarter-time, before the Eagles cut the margin to eight by the main break. The visitors took their lead out to 12 by three-quarter-time, with the Eagles only able to reduce the deficit to eight by the final siren.
Maffra was coming off a 90-72 victory over Traralgon at home.
Trailing by four points at quarter-time, the Eagles led 42-34 at half-time. The hosts were able to shake off the T-Birds, who trailed by four points at three-quarter-time.
The Eagles secured victory with a 29-15 final quarter.
Sam Whelan led all scorers, with 29 points, while Maffra teammate Blake Gallatly netted 20. Trent Everett scored 23 and Luis D’Angelo 18 for the T-Birds.
ON Saturday night, the Sale men’s team will play at Lakes Entrance from 7pm, then back-up to play at Churchill on Sunday from 1pm. Maffra will have the bye.
In the women’s, Maffra will host Korumburra on Saturday night from 6pm, and Sale will host Moe on Sunday from 1pm.