As Sunshine Coast Lightning looks to this weekend’s clash against Melbourne Vixens, Head Coach Kylee Byrne has a keen eye on Laura Scherian.
The midcourter has hit a purple patch in recent weeks and continues to impress the coach, particularly when under immense pressure.
A win to commemorate Scherian’s birthday was fortuitous in Round 8 but Byrne believes there’s so much more to come from the Wing Attack as the season progresses.
“I think her form is back to 2019 when she was last playing for the Australian Diamonds and on the court in New Zealand – I think she is playing that well,” Byrne said.
“I said ‘I want the ball in your hand’ and that’s the sign of a true champion that, under pressure, ‘you have to get in there and get the ball’.
“I know that she can deliver under pressure and with her speed, skills and smarts she can take WD’s out of a game and we are benefiting with her doing it consistently this year”.
Scherian has had 27 or more feeds in 4 of Lightning’s 8 matches this season, despite sharing the load with Steph Wood who has been more prominent out the front of the goal circle this season.
The Wing Attack has also had the added task of forming an elite combination with Lightning’s new addition to the midcourt, Mahalia Cassidy, while sharing time wearing the centre bib.
Another huge task presents itself this weekend in Melbourne Vixens at John Cain Arena, with Lightning’s set to take on the Melbourne side at 3pm.
Sunshine Coast Members and fans can watch the game live via the Channel 9 broadcast.