Dubbo Rams captain Claire Hargreaves looks for options during her team’s 74-63 win against Wagga Blaze on Sunday. Photo: JEN McGHEEThe Dubbo Rams women have consolidated their position near the top of the State League ladder by claiming a winning home double on the weekend.
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Merle Hall, Mellissa Lee and Shannon Mathes starred over the two days as the Rams beat Penrith on Saturday before backing up to dispose of Wagga at the Woolshed on Sunday.

After losing to Penrith on their home court the Rams were looking for revenge when they met.

The game started quickly with the Rams looking to run the floor and it was strong offence combined with a committed defensive pattern that enabled them to go into the first break up 19-14.

Merle Hall dominated proceedings in the first half, nailing three three-pointers as the Rams opened up an 18-point lead at the main break, with her work coupled with strong rebounding by Melissa Lee and Shannon Mathes.

The third quarter saw Lee take control of the game offensively while the combination of Hall, Rebecca Rattey and Cara Dordon worked really well, causing many turnovers and not allowing Penrith to get back into the match.

When the final whistle sounded Dubbo had run out commanding 65-52 winners, with Hall (14), Lee (14) and Mathes (11) all reaching double figures.

The girls then had to back up on Sunday against rivals Wagga Blaze, who were looking to book themselves a spot in the semi-finals.

The game started quickly with Hall once again giving her opponent nightmares with her quick hands and fantastic footwork on defence.

In a physical clash, the Rams found themselves in foul trouble which helped Wagga make several trips to the free throw line.

Coach Nick Hubbard was given a technical foul in the second quarter after questioning a referee’s call however the home side rallied to lead 43-34 at the main break.

With Wagga focusing on shutting down Hall, the ever-reliable Claire Hargreaves and Melissa Lee stepped up and along with some good shooting from Cara Gordon and Rebecca Rattey, enabled the home side to extend the lead to 16 at three-quarter time.

Wagga managed to stage a comeback in the fourth however it wasn’t;t enough as Dubbo hung on to win 74-63.

Hall led the way again with 17 points while Hargeaves chipped in with 15 and Lee contributed 12.

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