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2017-18 WEABL Championship Final Preview

Barking Abbey and Charnwood will meet in a WEABL Championship final for the second time having clashed in the league’s inaugural season.

BA are the top seeds after a strong regular season before seeing off Oaklands with an emphatic 111-47 victory in the Final Four.

Charlotte Ellmore led her side in scoring with 18 points per game as well as 5.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists for an efficiency rating of 19.2 to earn All-WEABL First Team honours alongside Zoe Willis – who averaged 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists over five appearances.

GB Under-16 captain Loren Christie had a strong first year with BA – putting up 9.3 points as well as team-highs in rebounds (10.3) and steals (2.5) with Megan Sheret another scorer to average double figures with 10 points per outing.

“Obviously delighted to be back in the final missing out last year for the first time was a disappointment for us,” declared BA Head Coach Karen Burton.

“Charnwood have made it for the last couple of years but still haven’t managed to secure the win but I know they will be coming out with full force to try to change that this year.

“If we continue with the improvements we have made since Christmas we are hopeful that we can regain our title back.”

Charnwood headed into the post-season as the second seeds and reached their third straight final with a convincing 91-50 success over CoLA – the team that beat them in last season’s final.

Holly Winterburn joined Ellmore and Willis in the All-WEABL First Team having impressed with her all-round displays with 16 points per game as well as 7.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.5 steals.

Ebony Horton was close behind in the scoring department for Charnwood with 15 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds as she was rewarded with a place in the All-WEABL Second Team.

Charnwood’s Head Coach Krumesh Patel commented: “It’s great to be back in the WEABL finals for a third time running – the girls have made a great turn around in the last couple of weeks and really earned their place in the finals.

“We are looking forward to the challenge against a good Barking team whom we had a great league clash with, so it should be an interesting battle yet again.

“The WEABL finals is always a great event and I believe this will be the case again, always great to see everyone make their way down to support the occasion and a good platform for the girls to showcase their talent.”

BA and Charnwood will go head-to-head tomorrow (Thursday) at Leicester Arena as part of the Academy Finals day and will be live streamed to Facebook.