INTENSE scrimmage sessions have served up friendly, but tight, competition for spots in Ballarat Rush for its South East Australian Basketball League encounter with Sandringham at the Minerdome on Sunday.
Integra Rush coach Peter Cunningham said a full bill of health on the roster spurred players to train hard and impress, keen to get back in action after a week's break.
Development players Lydia Brooks - the Big V player of the month, and Molly Mathews - who has been training strong - are pushing for selection with a pivotal stretch of games ahead.
Cunningham said the next couple of weeks could define Rush's season and how they could play out the rest of the season.
The race to make finals is close in SEABL east conference. There is little room for error.
This week's rival Sandringham enters the game off its first season win but, when shooting well, has rattled teams. Then a string of finals hopefuls follow - starting with Geelong at the MARS Minerdome next week.
Steph Cumming will be well-versed in Lady Sabres' veteran Micaela Cox, her WNBL teammate in Townsville. Experienced Sabre Hope Terdich and recruit Michelle Joy have also been in good form.
Rush won two of its nine games in May.