Capitals pair developing sturdy partnership ahead of WNBL season
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Capitals pair developing sturdy partnership ahead of WNBL season

Canberra Capitals duo Lauren Scherf and Maddison Rocci are using the off-season working on their combinations so they can hit the WNBL boards running.

Capitals' forward Lauren Scherf and Lynx forward Olivia Thompson. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Capitals' forward Lauren Scherf and Lynx forward Olivia Thompson. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Former Dandenong Ranger Scherf signed a two-year contract with the Capitals last year, while Rocci impressed in her rookie WNBL campaign in 2017, penning a one-year deal this April.

The pair are playing together for Diamond Valley in the SEABL this winter and Sherf hoped it would help the Capitals for the upcoming WNBL season as well.

"It's been really good to play with Mads throughout the off-season, so when we come into the WNBL it will be quite easy to be able to work off each other," Scherf said.

"I love playing with Mads, she's a great guard and hopefully we can just bring that into the WNBL."

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WNBL: University of Canberra Capitals Vs Adelaide Lighting. Canberra's Maddison Rocci. Photo: Jamila Toderas

WNBL: University of Canberra Capitals Vs Adelaide Lighting. Canberra's Maddison Rocci. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Photo: Jamila Toderas

Rocci has been enjoying her time at Diamond Valley, who sit seventh on the ladder, especially teaming up with Scherf.

Scherf leads the SEABL for average rebounds (13.9), while she's also fourth in the league for average points (22.3).

"It's been really good I love playing with Loz, she's a great big to lob the ball up to, which is pretty cool, but yeah it's been really good fun," Rocci said.

With the WNBL  kicking off in October, the 20-year-old is eager to keep learning ahead of her second season.

"It's good I mean to go up against the best guards in Australia and to go against players that have played in the WNBA is good for me so I'll be able to learn off them and learn new things to make myself better," she said.

Though pre-season doesn't start until September, Scherf firmly believes coach Paul Goriss will have the team ready to go.

The Capitals unveiled Kelly Wilson last month and she'll play alongside fellow marquee recruits Kelsey Griffin, Marianna Tolo and Leilani Mitchell.

"I feel that Gori has put a strong group of girls together and I am quite excited for what's about to come," Scherf said.

"I think just trying to learn how everyone plays and trying to put it all together on court will take a few weeks, but I reckon we will be good once the season comes."