Magic lose to a Shocker
THE Magic was hoping for a miracle within five minutes of its basketball final against Shockers on Tuesday night at the Pavilion.
It didn’t come and the Magic lost 24- 17 to the strong Shockers team.
Things didn’t look good for the Magic from the start of play.
The team was already undermanned after player Chloe Jones fractured a hand in last weeks match and the team went into the game with no substitute.
The situation got worse five minutes into the game when shooter Rhonda injured a knee and could play no further part in the game.
With only four players on the court, hard work and strong defence kept the Magic in the game, but it was only a matter of time before the team cracked.
Magic player Stacey Connell said only one shot separated the two teams for most of the match, but when their best defender Sonia Ryan got fouled off, with only minutes remaining on the clock, things went bad.
Ryan’s departure left the Magic with only three players and no chance of winning the final.
“The game really blew out in the last couple of minutes,” Connell said.
She said the Shockers played well in the grand final win.
She singled out Jo Jacobsen and Tahirih McLeod as the best on court for the opposition.
For the Magic she said Brittany Laycock was strong and that defensively Sonia Ryan was great until she was fouled off.