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WEABL Week 13 Round Up

In the week 13 action of the WEABL, only two games occurred due to the Charnwood and Manchester Mystics game being postponed. For the two teams that played, we saw a battle between the second and third place teams in the Southern Conference with JMA facing CoLA at home and Nottingham facing Myserscough on the road in the Northern Conference.


Southern Conference


John Madejski Academy survived a second half comeback from the City of London Academy on Wednesday afternoon to hold on for a well fought 63-56 victory behind 15 points from Anabel Latorre Ciria. The opening eight minutes of the game were a cagy affair with both teams struggling to get going, as CoLA led 9-8 with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, a lead they would take into the second period as they led 14-13 after the first ten minutes of action. The game continued to be nip and tuck in the opening exchanges of the second quarter with both teams battling to get a foothold on the game. And it was the hosts who managed to break the deadlock first as at 23-23, the home team finished the period 16-2 to take a 39-25 lead into the half time interval.

The home team extended their lead during the first part of the third quarter and led 51-32 with only 15 minutes left to play. But the visitors to Reading were not done as a 12-2 to finish the period meant the arrears were reduced to nine, 55-46. CoLA continued their fightback and held their opponents scoreless in the first five minutes of the final quarter, but struggled to score themselves with the game finely poised at 55-50 with four minutes remaining in the contest. Both teams found scoring an issue in the final stages, and with CoLA having to foul late on to stop the clock, JMA were able to see out the win 63-56.

Supporting Anabel Latorre’s 15 points was Carmen Segura Moreno with 14 and Paula Romero Tarrega with 11. For CoLA, Maya Hyacienth led all scorers in the game with 16 points, with Megan Haines and Jade Guidolin-Duncan adding 10 a-piece.


Northern Conference


On Wednesday the 23rd of January a young Nottingham Academy Wildcats suffered a 59-78 point loss to the visiting Myerscough College team. A solid first half performance saw the visitors take a 42-24 lead into the break, behind 11 first half points from Sasha Lacuyer, who finished tied as the top scorer with 18. The 3rd quarter saw the Wildcats cut the lead to just 8 points going into the final period. The home side started the 4th with a 4-0 run and cutting the lead to just 4, the visitors response was then to close the quarter with a 23-8  Shaniya Rose once again led her team in scoring with 16, supported by 10 a piece from Caitlin Riley and Tasmin Hickling. Kyra Smith and Jess McGrath added 14 and 10 points respectively. Myerscough college have a trip to league leaders Charnwood college up next on the 30th of January. Following a week off, Nottingham Wildcats have the return game to Myerscough college on the 6th of February.