Inconsistent Wolves clutching ladder positions by a thread

The women have retained top spot, but only by 1.7 per cent, after a double-header weekend where they lost to the Willetton Tigers (third) 51-62 away on Friday, but were victorious against the Perth Redbacks (10th) 53-40 at home on Saturday.

It was a damaging weekend for the men, with two losses leaving them teetering on the edge of the bottom six.

The side’s superior percentage to the ninth-placed Southwest Slammers is all that is keeping them in top-eight finals contention.

The Wolves suffered a 94-111 loss to Willetton (sixth), before Perth (fifth) inflicted an 83-90 defeat on Saturday.

Against the Tigers, Wanneroo hit just as many field goals as Willetton, but the away side was outdone at the three-point line.

The Tigers hit 13 triples to the Wolves’ five.

On Saturday, a last-quarter Wanneroo fadeout put a blight on what was an evenly-fought contest.

The Wolves held a three-point lead into the final period, but were outscored 17-27 to lose the game.

In the women’s Friday clash, Willetton won the 11-point game at the free-throw line after converting 13 from 17 attempts.

Wanneroo hit just five from eight shots at the line.

The Wolves recovered on Saturday to dominate Perth, with only one Redbacks player, Marita Payne (17 points), reaching double figures.

The Wolves face another double-header this weekend, with a home clash against the Cockburn Cougars on Saturday and an away game against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on Sunday.

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