The Benalla All Blacks were outplayed and outclassed away against Bright on Saturday, losing by 45 points.
Bright was always in control of the match, extending its lead each quarter, while frustrating the Panthers’ attackers and denying them goal-scoring opportunities.
Panthers head coach Donna Wilcock said they came up against a strong side in Bright, that was able to put together four consistent quarters of ‘‘accurate shooting and tight defence’’ to run away with a convincing win.
‘‘Our girls once again showed how they are improving on the court with their support and encouragement of each other,’’ Wilcock said.
‘‘Julieann Richardson lead by example, she was strong in attack... however, our shooting percentage was not good.
Wilcock said Saturday’s game against King Valley would be a hard one as they were a top side in the division.
Meanwhile in the B-grade the Panthers also went down to Bright 51-24.
The Panthers’ defence was made to work hard as the Bright attackers were too strong.
The side will also look to rectify the result with a tough match against King Valley this Saturday.
In the B-reserve grade the Panthers went down to Bright 40-16. But the side improved in terms of passing and shooting accuracy.
Best on court was Chloe Dods, Sarah Kilpatrick and Kneisha.
In the under-15 match, the Panthers emerged victorious 22-12 over Bright.
With strong defensive pressure and well-planned attacking plays, the Panthers went into half-time leading by nine goals.
Bright came out firing in the second half, but the away side held on to win by 10 points.
Best on court was Brianna McNair, Paige Blaine and Lia Greenhalgh.
In the under-17 match the Panthers were taken apart by an in-form Bright. The final score was 21-63.
With a few unexpected changes made from the beginning the Panthers were not able to fall straight into their usual rhythm.
By half-time the damage was done and Bright forged ahead to a convincing win.
Best on court was Ella Woods, Ella Howell and Jessica Blaine.