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Youngster Scherf sparks WNBL leaders

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Adrian Warren

A powerful performance from promising big Lauren Scherf has helped Dandenong to top spot in the WNBL, but the misery continues for defending champions Townsville.

Scherf notched 21 points and pulled in 12 boards, as Dandenong (7-3) recorded a 77-64 home win over Adelaide (0-10).

Townsville (5-6) slumped to a fourth straight loss by four or less points, going down 89-85 at home to Perth (7-4).

Kayla Standish bagged 24 points, 12 boards and two blocks for the Fire, but superstar centre Suzy Batkovic made just five of 24 field goal attempts.

Perth couldn't complete a road double, as they fell 87-82 at Canberra (6-4) on Sunday, despite another huge game from Sami Whitcomb.

After bagging 22 against Townsville, Whitcomb nailed seven three-pointers in a 36-point outburst against the Caps.

It wasn't enough to deny a Capberra outfit sparked by 25 points at 81 per cent field goal accuracy from centre Marianna Tolo.

Bendigo (8-4) had a mixed round, losing 93-86 in overtime at Sydney (5-3), who won their third straight game.

Spirit rebounded at home on Sunday with a 69-51 conquest of Adelaide.

In Melbourne, 20-year-old Scherf made 55 per cent of her 18 field goal attempts to spearhead the Rangers' offensive output.

"She's a young big and that was by far her best game last night, She was really good," Rangers' coach Larissa Anderson told AAP

"It's the rebounding we're working on her being more consistent with, because she's got it in her to do whatever she wants to."

Sara Blicavs was also huge on the glass for Dandenong, tallying 16 boards and contributing 17 points, despite connecting with just four of 15 field goal shots.

Dandenong's third straight win came despite the continuing injury issues for their imports.

Nat Novosel has been missing for several weeks with a knee injury and Ally Malott's time has been limited due to an ongoing ankle problem.

"It is really positive for me that these two still have to really hit their peak and the rest of the girls are working so hard to get the best out of themselves and each other and they are coming along really well," Anderson said.

"To be sitting in first place on the ladder even though there's lots of areas that we still need to work on, I couldn''t be more proud of the group knowing that we've got a lot of improvement to be made."

Anderson said playing fellow top four teams Bendigo and Sydney next week represented a fantastic test for her side.

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