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WEABL Elite Eight Round-Up

The WEABL playoffs officially started on Wednesday, with all four of our Elite Eight games taking place. Check out below to find out what happened..

City of London Academy (1) v Greig City Academy (5)

The top seeds from the South powered their way into the Final Four with a 71-29 victory over Greig City.

Cheyenne Scott and Khaleah Edwards scored 16 points apiece in the win with Edwards also adding five rebounds, five assists and seven steals.

CoLA raced into a 19-2 lead and never looked back as they booked their place in the next round.

“I wanted to start fast today as a team like GCA can make the game hard for us like they did in our last fixture,” declared Scott.

“I knew today with a couple of our girls missing we couldn’t afford to give them that opportunity. I’m pleased we’ve made the semi-finals, we know what the task in front of us is and we are embracing it, no shortcuts for us.”

CoLA finished with a 9-1 record in the regular season and now face Barking Abbey, who were the only team to beat them.

Oaklands College (2) v Nottingham Academy (3)

Oaklands College advanced with a convincing 108-50 victory over Nottingham Academy on Wednesday.

Kata Fulop starred with 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field and also hauled in 13 rebounds for an impressive double-double.

Tia Freeman added 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in a fine all-round display with Krisztina Nagy weighing in with 17 points.

“The team played well today, we achieved our goal of making the semi-finals so I am happy,” said Fulop.

“As a team we moved the ball and found our advantages, I wanted to have a strong game rebounding today and i’m happy I was able to do that to help the result.

“In this team we create so much for each other that its about finishing and we all did that today. We are really looking forward to the next round, work starts now.”

The home side set the tone with an early 12-0 run and continued to pull away with Fulop scoring 22 of her game-high 31 points as Oaklands opened up a 59-31 half-time advantage.

Oaklands finished the third period with a 17-0 run as they advance to the Final Four for the first time.

Myerscough College (2) v Barking Abbey School (3)

Barking Abbey continued their fine form with a dominant 43-92 success away at Myerscough College.

The defending champions made a slow start to the regular season but finished on a high and carried the momentum into the playoffs.

Charlotte Ellmore and Imani Whittington combined for 33 points in the win for the visitors, while Abigail Johnson and Savannah Wilkinson collected a total of 17 rebounds to help their side edge the battle on the glass.

BA made their move in the second period and established a commanding 29-52 lead to take into the half-interval.

The visitors stepped up their defensive intensity in the second half and held the home side to just 14 points as they completed the victory.

“I am really proud of our girls and their performance today and throughout the season,” said Myerscough Head Coach, Julie Page.

“It is the first year of the girls programme at Myerscough and we have had some fantastic results including a big WEABL win over Charnwood.”

Milly Knowles was the only player to reach double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds as Myerscough’s first season in the WEABL comes to an end.

BA move on to a Final Four showdown with City of London Academy for a place in the final.

Charnwood College (1) v Copleston High School (4)

Charnwood produced an impressive shooting performance as they secured an 81-46 win over Copleston.

Megan Jones posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds with seven players in total scoring at least eight points in the win.

“The girls did great job today,” declared Head Coach Krumesh Patel.

“It was the most focused they had been all year and were really locked in. They have responded really well and we hope to keep this momentum moving into the Semi Finals next week.

“Team basketball was on show today and it was a pleasure to watch. Credit to Copleston as they fought the whole game and didn’t refuse to give up.”

Charnwood made a total of 15 3-pointers as they proved too strong for Copleston, who were led by Ashleigh Pink’s 12 points.

Last year’s runners-up will face Oaklands next week as they look to secure a return to the Championship game.

Key Dates:

Semi-Finals: Wednesday March 22nd
Finals: Wednesday March 29rd, Leicester Community Sports Arena

Catch up with all the regular season statistical leaders in the WEABL here.

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