Famila Schio claimed a sixth win in seven games to regain top spot in EuroLeague Women Group B, after being made to work hard to secure a 66-62 home court success against a resilient Municipal Targoviste.
|Raffaella Masciadri hit a trey at a critical junction of the game|
Playing without their influential point guard Giorgia Sottana who sat out the game with an injury, Schio once again relied on the in-form Jantel Lavender who continues to light it up under the basket.
She proved to be the game winner once again as she landed a third successive double-double, and top scored for the Italian club for the fourth game in a row.
Her 26 points and 10 rebounds were critical in a game Schio had looked like running away with at various junctures in the first-half.
Down by 29-15, the game looked to be drifting away from the visitors, but Targoviste posted a 15-2 run to change the reflection of the contest.
It was a much tighter affair after this, as both clubs struggled to get their perimeter game going.
But, the home side always looked the more likely to prevail - and so it proved.
It was still a one-shot game in crunch time with Schio ahead 66-63, and veteran forward Raffaella Masciadri effectively sealed the win with 90 seconds left as she delivered a dagger three-ball to put the win beyond Targoviste.
Monique Currie top scored with 14 points for the losing team and Milka Bjelica contributed 16 rebounds.
Maurizio Lasi, Famila Schio coach:
"It was very important for us to win this game tonight to maintain the leadership in our group. It's a great victory because we played against a strong team tonight and we were missing our injured players like Macchi and Sottana".
Raffaella Masciadri, Famila Schio:
"It was a great game; defense was the key of this victory. We worked hard to be at the top tonight because we knew that this game was of primary importance for our EuroLeague campaign."
George Dikaioulakos, Targoviste coach:
"We saw two great teams tonight... Congratulations to Schio but I want to congratulate my team, too. We gave everything during the match but we lost our top players to some strange fouls."
Ancuta Stoenescu, Targoviste:
"It is important to remain united when we win but mostly we lose. We're sad for this defeat but we know we played the best we can. Now we look forward to the next match against Fenerbahce."