Launceston Tornadoes ready for Sydney Uni in SEABL

Behind you: Launceston Tornadoes' Lauren Nicholson pounces on Frankston's Toccara Ross in their clash on Friday night. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Behind you: Launceston Tornadoes' Lauren Nicholson pounces on Frankston's Toccara Ross in their clash on Friday night. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Setting SEABL records isn’t enough for the Launceston Tornadoes.

The team recorded the highest score in this season’s competition despite a one-day turnaround and interstate trip last weekend, but now head coach Derrick Washington is calling for consistency.

The 115-91 victory against the Albury-Wodonga Bandits on Saturday night came just 24 hours after an equally impressive home performance against Frankston (98-86) and extended the team’s winning streak to three. 

However, Washington isn’t getting carried away as his charges prepare to face a Sydney Uni team with five wins in their past six games.

“In both games we executed our game plan the way we want to play and this resulted in us recording our highest scores of the season and also broke a SEABL scoring record for the women,” Washington said of the team’s perfect weekend.

“We moved the ball aggressively and it helped build our confidence. We now need to maintain that intensity for four quarters. We still have work to do defensively, and we all know that.”

The Sparks are a development squad for Sydney’s WNBL team and have a mixture of talented juniors and seasoned WNBL stars.

They finished third in the East Conference last season and have a similar roster this season with Tahlia Tupaea, Lara McSpadden and Shanae Greaves all contributing at both ends of the court.

“This week will be a huge challenge for our basketball club,” Washington said ahead of the teams’ only encounter this season, at Elphin on Saturday night. 

“Their team is solid with players who can make a huge impact in a game if we allow them to. We will need to have contributions from all our players who take the court as we did last weekend. As I keep saying to my players, we just need to keep focusing on our game and control what we can control and we’ll be okay.” 

We still have work to do defensively, and we all know that

Tornadoes coach Derrick Washington

The Tornadoes will be without Zoe Mesman due to a back injury suffered in the first half against Frankston.

With a 4-4 record, the Tornadoes sit ninth on the ladder, four below Sydney (5-3).

Lauren Mansfield is returning to her best form (51 points across the weekend) while Ally Wilson narrowly missed a triple double against Frankston (19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists) and Lauren Nicholson amassed 33 points at 67 per cent shooting against the Bandits.

Torn apart

  • WHAT: SEABL Round 7, Launceston Tornadoes v Sydney Uni Sparks
  • WHEN: Saturday, 6.30pm tip-off
  • WHERE: Elphin Sports Centre