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WEABL Quarter-Finals Round Up

With the first round of the Academy League playoffs completed, lets take a look back at the WEABL Quarter-Finals to see which teams made it through to the Final 4’s next week!

Game 1: City of London Academy 64 v 31 Oaklands College

City of London Academy progressed to the WEABL Semi-finals for the fourth consecutive year with a 64-31 win over Oaklands College in the 1 vs 8 match up on Wednesday afternoon. The game started out with Maya Hyacienth and Khia Lee going head-to-head for the games first fourteen points, giving CoLA a 10-4 lead mid-way through the first quarter. CoLA then went on a run with Amelia Sandie and Megan Haines connecting on back-to-back triples to give the home side a 26-12 lead, which they continued to build on by winning the second quarter 18-3 to go into the half up 44-15. The second half was a much slower affair, with both team struggling to score around the basket. CoLA took the 3rd quarter 10-6 and the fourth quarter was tied at 10-10, but the lead built by CoLA was too much for coach Lee Ryan’s side. CoLA will now welcome JMA in the Final 4’s on Wednesday March 20th for a chance to make it to the finals.

Game 2: Charnwood College 62 v 38 Barking Abbey School

Charnwood College defeated Barking Abbey School 62-38 in their WEABL Quarter-Final match-up on Wednesday, in a replay of last years WEABL finals. With this being the case, this game was always going to be a contested affair with both talented teams fired up and ready to go. Charnwood started of the better with a 15-8 first quarter lead, with early scoring from Holly Wright and Hannah Dawson. However, Barking came back firing in the second quarter, with some strong scoring from Loren Christie with 7 points in the period. In the second half, Charnwood came out firing and managed to slow down Barking with some defensive intensity led by Imogen Cook, holding Barking to a 12-point half. Back-to-back threes from Holly Winterburn then stretched the lead and some timely scores from Holly Wright and Hannah Dawson managed to ice the game. It was a physical game throughout, with both teams playing their part. With the win, Charnwood now advance to the Semi-Final next week where they will play Copleston High School.

Game 3: Copleston High School 87 v 51 Myerscough College

Copleston booked their place in the WEABL Final Four with a dominant display against Myerscough College in Ipswich. Copleston started the game with a barrage of three-pointers, with all five starters connecting from long range inside the games first four minutes. The home side built a massive 17-1 lead, which put the visitors on the back foot, and which Copleston would consistently build on for the remainder of the game. Cameron Taylor-Willis back from injury, was back to her best, dominating the boards and finding her groove on offence. The second quarter saw the visitors play their best basketball, but coach Mike Bernard’s side were unable to make any significant dent into the Copleston advantage as the hosts took a 40-22 lead into the interval. The Ipswich team then further built on their lead in the third period behind some excellent team basketball. Charlotte Redhead was enjoying some of her best play of the season, while Susanna Rafiu and Ines Bowman-Boyles dominated with their physical presence, allowing Copleston to extended their lead to thirty points going into the game’s final quarter. With the lead built by the fourth quarter, Copleston again extended their lead giving some valuable playing time to their youngsters who carried out the performance to win the game 87-51. The win advances them into the semi-final round next week where they will face a strong Charnwood College side.

Game 4: Manchester Mystics Academy 36 v 70 John Madejski Academy

JMA booked their place in the semi-finals of the WEABL play-offs with a comprehensive 70-36 win over a weakened Manchester Mystics Academy. Paula Romero Tarrega led the way for the visitors with 15 points at the National Basketball Performance Centre. The Mystics were led by Great Britain U16 international Jade Mbam, who hit 18 points, 10 of which coming in the second quarter. JMA took control of the game with a 10-point run to lead 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Mystics then closed the gap slightly to 10 by the end of the half, but the visitors effectively sealed the win by winning the third 21-2. JMA, who finished third in the Southern Conference, pushed their lead out further in the final quarter and ultimately booked their place in the Final Four next week where they will face City of London Academy.