Cumming leads scoring in Rush triumph

IT TOOK an early time out for Ballarat Rush to reset and regain control against an aggressively fast-starting Albury-Wodonga.

Integra Rush went straight into a defensive press, increased the tempo and worked its way back in to win a high-scoring game, 99-87, on the road in the South East Australian Basketball League.

Play turned into a second-half scoring fest.

“There was such a high conversion rate ... spectators loved it,” Cunningham said.

Rush made 19 points off the bench – Ash Stonehouse had 10, Bronte Clark 6 and Kasey Burton a big three-pointer – to the Lady Bandits’ 4 bench points.

Cunningham said the team was forming good, solid bit roles off the bench.

Steph Cumming was in stellar form, leading the scoring with an equal game-high 29 points shooting at 45 per cent field goal conversion and 100 per cent from the free throw line. She also chalked up seven rebounds and five assists.

Cumming was matched by Lady Bandit Emilie Harmon, who boasted a 59 per cent field goal conversion, and 14 rebounds.

Lady Bandits’ tall and lean Lauren Angel (23 points, eight rebounds) was just as hard to contain.

Nya Mason (20 points) was strong support with Sophie Alexander (12 points) also continuing to improve in her comeback from a shoulder injury.

Abbey Wehrung shut down Lady Bandits’ dangerous young gun Montana Farrah-Seaton to seven points while scoring 13 points and six rebounds to add to the Rush tally.

The win keeps Rush in touch with the east conference leaders moving into the mid-season break with looming matches against Sandringham and Geelong at the MARS Minerdome.

Ballarat’s Stephanie Cumming breaks away from Sophie Kleeman and Montanna Farrah-Seaton.

Ballarat’s Stephanie Cumming breaks away from Sophie Kleeman and Montanna Farrah-Seaton.

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