Hills Hornets split their results

Jason Strong drives to the hoop to score on a lay-up. Picture: Courtesy of Noel Rowsell (www.photoexcellence.com.au)

Jason Strong drives to the hoop to score on a lay-up. Picture: Courtesy of Noel Rowsell (www.photoexcellence.com.au)

Hills District has again split their results in round 16 of the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition.

The Hornets cruised to a 93-51 win in the women's game, before falling 88-81 in the men's game – both games held at the Hills Basketball Stadium.

Wendy Strong lived up to her name in the women's game, running amok through the lower-ranked Mustangs line-up to drive the home team to a 47-21 lead at the half time break.

With the result all but settled, other players took up the scoring in the second half as the Hornets cruised to a 42-point win.

Casey Samuels led the way for Hills District with 28 points, 11 boards and 5 assists, ahead of Strong with 24 points, 9 points and 5 assists and Kate Oliver 20 points and 13 boards.

The men's game was a more even contest, with the Hornets leading through the first three quarters and looking set for an important win.

2013 WCL “Player of the Year” Mitchell Rueter would however change the course of the game in a decisive fourth quarter, inspiring a 30-19 run from the Mustangs.

That performance would drive the visitors to an 8-point win and leave the Hornets vulnerable to the many teams below them on the ladder, all striving for the final two spots in the upcoming playoffs.

Ironically, Rueter had a slow start to this season but his recent form has him currently ranked as the most effective player in the league, as the Hornets discovered on Saturday night.

Jason Strong led the Hornets with 19 points, ahead of Ben Graham 16, David Hayman 15 and Josh Chapman 11.

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