Seemingly out of playoff contention in their debut season at the Queen’s Birthday break this year, Diamond Valley has responded to win five consecutive games and are now right in the hunt for the finals.
Lauren Scherf was instrumental in the Eagles’ sweep of Round 13, averaging a double-double of 25 points, 11.5 rebounds, five assists, two steals and 1.5 blocks as she starred at both ends of the floor against Hobart and Frankston.
Now sitting fifth overall in the league for scoring, first for rebounds and third for rejections, Scherf is leading the Eagles’ charge and has also thrust herself into the MVP discussion.
Hosting the Chargers on Friday night, Scherf owned the offensive end for Diamond Valley as she scored 30 points on 11-16 shooting.
All of her baskets came from inside the restricted area or beyond the arc, where she nailed 3-3, and she set up the victory with 24 points to half-time.
She scored 15 in the second term, almost out-scoring Hobart herself before finishing with a double-double of 13 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks as the Eagles prevailed 76-68.
The following night, Scherf controlled the paint again against Frankston and tallied another double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds.
She pulled down four offensive boards which directly led to six points for herself and while the Blues attempted to slow her down by getting her to the free-throw line, the centre also knocked down 8-9 from the charity stripe.
Scherf then flexed her muscle at the defensive end in the final term, ensuring there would be no miracle comeback from the Blues as she recorded three blocks with Diamond Valley notching an 87-70 victory.
Lauren Scherf Round 13 Stats: 25 points on 17-28 (61%) shooting including 13-15 free-throw shooting (87%), 11.5 rebounds (three offensive), five assists, two steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
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