The Hills Hornets: Round 13

Josh Chapman scores in the paint for the Hornets. Picture: Courtesy of Noel Rowsell

Josh Chapman scores in the paint for the Hornets. Picture: Courtesy of Noel Rowsell

The Hills District Hornets have split their road trip against the Illawarra Hawks, in round 13 of the Waratah Championship League  competition.

Illawarra won the women's game 53-50, while the Hornets men would prevail 113-110 in double overtime.

The third-placed Hornets women were already on a two-game losing streak and needed a victory over the second-placed Hawks to avoid falling further down the competition ladder.

That task proved almost impossible after the Hawks established a 34-23 lead at half time but the Hornets made it a contest, staging a strong fightback in the third term and eventually falling by just 3 points.

Kate Oliver led the Hornets with 13 points, ahead of Jamie Samuels (11) and Anita Roditis (10).

The men's game was expected to be a no-contest in favour of the higher ranked Hornets (4th) but the 12th-placed Hawks were in this game from the outset.

The home team led 21-20 in the first term and 44-31 at half time, before the Hornets rallied to trail 62-59 at the end of the third term, then tie up the game 88-88 at full time.

The first period of extra time was still not enough to split the two teams, with the scores locked at 101-101.

Hills ultimately had the best of the final period, winning a thriller by a mere 3 points.

Josh Chapman (30), Paul Brotherson (27) and David Hayman (17) were the leading scorers.

Both Hills District teams are on the road again this weekend against the Newcastle Hunters.

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