Clarke’s precise performance powers Perry Lakes

AN accurate shooting performance from Emma Clarke was a telling factor in the Perry Lakes Hawks’ big win over the Perth Redbacks in the NBL1 West Women on the weekend.

The match took place at Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday evening, with the Hawks eager to overcome an indifferent start to the season, where they had two wins and two losses next to their name. On the other hand, the Redbacks were eager to secure their first win of the fixture after a slow start to the year.

It was a tight start to the match, with Perth able to match it with the opposition on the offensive end of the court. However, a 33-11 second quarter saw the halftime margin balloon out to 25 points. Perry Lakes controlled the second half as well, cruising home to a 36-point triumph to take their record above .500.

Clarke was the standout player for the victors on the offensive end, delivering a tremendous offensive performance and making life extremely difficult for the opposition defence.

Perth Redbacks (68) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (104)

Emma Clarke – 34 points, four rebounds, four assists

Clarke was a constant threat on the offensive end, looking likely to produce some offence whenever the ball was in her hands. Although she received some tough coverage from the defence at times, it did not bother the forward.

She was able to deliver an accurate and damaging scoring performance, leading the Hawks on the scoring front in a big way.

Her 34 points were the most of anyone in the match by a clear margin (Clarke’s teammate Nicolette Gilday had 20 points off the bench to be the next best). She was the most consistent option on the offensive end, and made sure to reward the team when the ball made its way to her possession.

The biggest factor in Clarke’s performance was her efficiency shooting the ball, which made her such a presence on the match.

From the field, the 23-year-old shot an impressive 76 per cent, nailing 13 shots on just 17 attempts. Also catching the eye was Clarke’s excellent shot selection, which was based more so around her balance between inside and outside scoring.

From behind the arc, she nailed five of her six attempts, looking as confident as ever and using constant movement and screens to create separation from the opposition, and when she managed to find space, Clarke’s jumpshot motion was strong enough to find the bottom of the net more often than not.

It was another strong outing from Clarke, who has started the season in fine form on the offensive end, and will continue to have a big say on Perry Lakes’ games in the coming weeks.

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