Big V: Craigieburn Eagles just one win from premiership
Make a move: Craigieburn’s Ellie McLean holds up the ball under pressure from Warrnambool’s Holly Greene. Picture: Shawn SmitsCRAIGIEBURN is a game away from capturing the Big V women’s division 1 premiership after a two-point win against Warrnambool on Saturday night.
The Lady Eagles recovered from a horror second quarter to overcome the Mermaids at Craigieburn Leisure Centre on Saturday, winning 67-63.
The teams will now head to Warrnambool this Saturday for game two, and will play game three on Sunday should Warrnambool level the series.
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But the Lady Eagles have the upper hand after taking care of business on home court.
Things were going pear-shaped at half-time for Craigieburn though, shooting one of 19 from the field in the second quarter as Warrnambool opened a nine-point half-time lead.
But the Mermaids ran into foul trouble in the second half and Craigieburn profited, holding their nerve from the charity stripe to score 11 of 13 free throws.
Tenille Cann led the scoring for the Lady Eagles with 18 points, while Ellie McLean scored 16 to go with 10 boards, Giulia Dinunzio scored 13 and Andrea Godden 12.
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The Craigieburn men are a game down in their grand final series against Keysborough.
Craigieburn never got going on offence as Keysborough left with a 66-56 win.
The Eagles shot at a paltry 26.5 per cent from the field for the night, including a disastrous two from 20 outside three-point range.
Key man Eric Miraflores was kept to eight points, while Kane McNamara top-scored with 13 and Rob Toller-Bond scored 11.
Craigieburn must win game two this Saturday to force a deciding game on Sunday.
Tip-off on Saturday night at Bonbeach Stadium is at 6pm.