Another win for Pioneers women

SOLID EFFORT: Sherrie Calleia continued her strong NBL1 season for the Mount Gambier Pioneers during a double-header road trip to Tasmania on the weekend.

By Trevor Jackson

THE One Forty One Pioneers women split a double-header road trip to Tasmania on the weekend and chalked up their second win of the NBL1 South season on Friday night with a 14-point victory over Hobart Chargers.

After an even first half, where the Pioneers led by just two points, they stepped up the pace in the third term with a 20-12 quarter to create a handy lead.

From there they continued to push and won the last term by four points to claim the win.

Much of the success came off an impressive triple-double from Sherrie Calleia.

Calleia finished the night with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

She was well supported by Shakera Reilly, who finished with 18 points, while Hannah Young managed nine points, but was strong around the hoop with 14 rebounds.

Unfortunately the girls could not keep the momentum rolling and went down to a determined Launceston Tornadoes on Saturday night by just three points.

An early onslaught saw the Pioneers lead by nine points at the first break, but Launceston turned it around in the next two terms to wrestle back the lead and set up an intriguing final term, with the Tornadoes up by six.

The Pioneers then won the final term, but not by enough to claim the victory.

Calleia was again on fire, this time with 32 points and a game-high six assists, Young contributed 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Jasmin Howe hit double figures with 15 points and also pulled down six rebounds.

It was an impressive effort from the Pioneers, with Launceston currently sitting in second position on the ladder.