“It was the grit and determination we had until the final whistle; we didn’t know we had won it until 10 seconds to go,” Harten said post-match. “Some of our young ones stepped up and played really well and I think Cbass [Bassett] absolutely stormed on there and made an impact, which is really amazing.”
The Giants lined up without star mid-courter Amy Parmenter on Wednesday following a calf injury in Sunday’s match against the Lightning. Parmenter has played all but 30 minutes this season, with the Giants medical and coaching staff making the tough call to rest her for the must-win game.
A slow start had fans calling to bring Bassett on in the first five minutes, with the Magpies jumping out to a 13-9 lead after 15 minutes.
With Fitzgerald once again determined to stick with super-shot specialists Kiera Austin and Harten, Giants fans were bracing themselves for another game without Bassett.
The move worked momentarily with the Giants ahead 27-26 at half-time.
However, Bassett finally came onto the court during the third quarter and her arrival changed the game, with the Giants pushing ahead to lead 46-42.
Bassett’s presence clearly made a difference and Fitzgerald kept her on for the final 15 minutes.
Magpie Gabby Sinclair did her best to sink a number of last-minute super shots, but the two-point efforts were not enough to stop the Giants.
Another underwhelming performance from the Magpies will heap pressure on Collingwood coach Rob Wright. Despite managing to lead the Swifts to back-to-back grand final appearances in 2015 and 2016, Wright is still yet to hit his straps in Melbourne.
This year, the Magpies are wallowing in last spot, having lost all but one of their matches.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.