An injury scare to import player Siobhan Beslow gave the visiting team Chelsea Seagulls the opportunity to get back into the first of a best of three semi final series in Big V Women’s Division One at the Mildura Basketball stadium Saturday night.
Beslow crashed to the Boards twisting her ankle just before half time, bringing Sharon Watson to the court for the remainder of term two.
After treatment Beslow returned to the court after the break but missed her first three basket attempts but after that some great blocks and rebounding highlighted her game.
“I’m okay,” Beslow said after the game. “I also got through an Australian game for the first time without getting a foul.”
Beslow and Mikayla Delcastegne shared the duties of matching up the Gulls power house Malike Jackson, who finished the match with 38 points.
For the Lady heat Vanessa Power showed some of her magic from outside the three point line, throwing 35 points.
Backing her up was Beslow with 14 points and 18 rebounds, Georgia Mayne with 12 points and Makayla Delcastagne with 11 points.
Her sister Shak Delcastegne got only three minutes of court time but her shot on the buzzer at the end of the first term bounced off the glass into the ring for a three pointer to maintain a home side lead.
In fact the Seagulls were always playing catch up and after missing some early shots the visitors never led the home side for any second of the match.
The second of the semi final series will be held in Melbourne next Saturday night and if needed, a decider is scheduled for Sunday.
BIG V DIVISION ONE WOMEN: Mildura Heat 84 (Vanessa Power 35, Siobhan Beslow 14, Goergia Mayne 12, Mikayla Delcastegne 11) defeated Chelsea Seagulls 75. (Malika Jackson 38, Billie Lucas 19).