Lady Kooka continues to rise

Colac basketballer Janelle Monaghan has developed into one of the Country Basketball League’s best scorers this season, and is averaging 10 more points in her second season with the Lady Kookas.

If the Country Basketball League had a most improved player award, then Colac’s Janelle Monaghan would be red-hot favourite.

The 22-year-old has played a major role in the Lady Kookas’ rise this season, averaging 15.6 points per game to have her ranked sixth in the league.

It’s been a major jump from averaging just 5.7 points in her first season with the club last summer.

Monaghan credited the improvement to a strong pre-season and the inclusion of key players which has allowed her to play her natural role as a guard.

“I’m loving it, I’m feeling a lot more comfortable this season, I came in halfway through last season and it took a while to adjust, but this year I’ve done a whole pre-season with the girls which has made it a lot better,” she said.

“We’ve kept the core group from last season but brought in some players who are doing really well.

“Jessie Lang’s been great for the team this season, and it’s good having an extra tall with Michelle Winch playing, we really lacked height last season and I was playing as a tall, but I’m not a tall.”

Monaghan said she was enjoying her second campaign in the CBL, following six games last season after joining Colac mid-season.

Coach Hayley Dewar encouraged the South Colac netballer, who has dominated Colac’s domestic basketball competition in recent seasons, to test herself in the representative league.

“Hayley approached me before last season, but netball had just finished and I wanted some time off,” Monaghan said.

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