AFTER opening the season with two losses, Glen Mustapic and his Kennedy's Tours Shoalhaven Tigers division one women's side were desperate to record their first win of the 2019 campaign.
And they knew they wouldn't get many better opportunities to do so than at a Saturday's double-header at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre.
First up was a clash with perennial powerhouse Coffs Harbour.
Despite trading baskets for the first half of the opening quarter, the Suns scored 13 of the last 17 points of the term to go into quarter-time up 21-12.
The Tigers didn't fair much better in the second quarter, as the Suns outscored them by 13 points, to carry a 20-point lead at half-time.
That lead stretched to 26 points by three-quarter-time before the Tigers reduced the margin to just 22 by full-time, to go down 73-51.
In the loss, the only Tiger to reach double figures was Belinda Morris, who scored 14.
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But Mustapic's troops didn't have long to dwell on the loss, as they returned to the hardwood just over two hours later against the Camden Valley Wildfire.
Desperate to not start the season 0-4, the Tigers jumped out of the gate to lead 19-14 at quarter-time.
Behind strong shooting, the lead was stretched to 15 points by the main break.
The Tigers didn't take their foot off the throat in the second half, extending their advantage to 24 points by three-quarter-time before it ended 83-45 to the Tigers - who notched up their first win under Mustapic.
In the win, the Tigers had four players in double figures; Mary-Jane Toole (21 points), Chelsea Hogg (20), Jaymee Mcpherson (14) and Maddison Blewitt (11).
The Tigers, who are now 1-3 on the season, next take the court on Saturday, June 1 against Queanbeyan at the Den from 2pm.