Lakeside has shown why it will be a force come finals time after recording two wins in round 17 of women’s SBL action over the weekend.
Ali Schwagmeyer scored 27 points and Sydnee Fipps 24 as the Lightning eased to victory over Stirling 88-76 at Warwick Stadium on Friday.
The win helped them consolidate third place on the table before they rubberstamped the position on Sunday with a massive 111-66 win over the South West Slammers at the Lakeside Recreation Centre.
Fipps (27 points) and Schwagmeyer (25) were again the main charges around the basket.
Cockburn had the bye.
In the men’s division, Cockburn is inching towards the top four after recording its 13th win over the weekend.
Import Jalen Billups scored 25 points as the Cougars overcame the Goldfields Giants 94-90 at Niels Hansen Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.
Lakeside’s season continues to slide after two losses over the weekend.
The Lightning were beaten by the Senators 98-85 on Friday night and then lost to the South West Slammers on Sunday, 106-93.
Haiden Schloithe capped his 100th WAFL game with five goals and 27 disposals to guide South Fremantle to a 25-point win over Claremont on Saturday.
The 24-year-old enjoys the big moments and the Bulldogs needed his star power after entering the first change at Claremont Oval four goals behind.
The visitors showed why they are a top-two side, flicking the switch in the second quarter before going on to win 14.7 (91) to 10.6 (66).
Schloithe was a key figure in the resurgence, finishing the match with a career-best haul of goals, a team-high 27 disposals, five inside 50s and eight marks.
Slick midfielder Tim Kelly gathered 25 disposals and kicked one goal.
Jake Florenca kicked a career-high three goals in the win.
Tigers veteran Mitchell Andrews dominated at the stoppages to record 50 hit-outs.
2016 Sandover medallist Jye Bolton finished with 36 disposals and Ian Richardson kicked three goals.
East Fremantle remains on one win for the season after going down to Swan Districts by seven points at Bassendean Oval on Saturday.
The Sharks were beaten 12.11 (83) to 11.10 (76) in a contest that was tight all day.
Jesse Turner and Adam Faulkner both tallied 29 disposals while Ryan Crowley (26), Brayden Hackett (23), Kirk Ugle (22), Corey Gault (20), Ethan Maguire (20) and Jackson Slater (20) got plenty of the ball.
For the Sharks, Jack Perham kicked three goals and running defender Jayden Schofield finished with 34 disposals.
Cockburn City’s top four chances have been dealt a blow following a big 3-0 loss to ECU Joondalup on the weekend.
In a difficult day for a Cockburn team playing away from home, ECU Joondalup took control of the game early and never let their opponents into the game, scoring twice before half time and a third early in the second.
Just two points separated the teams going into the game, the win allowing ECU Joondalup to leapfrog Cockburn, who have slipped back down to eighth.