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WEABL Week 17 Round Up

Week 17 in the WEABL saw just two games in action, including a top vs bottom clash in the Southern Conference between Copleston and Itchen, and the Nottingham Wildcats claiming their first win of the season against Manchester Mystics.

 

Northern Conference

 

In the Northern Conference, the Nottingham Academy Wildcats claimed their first WEABL win of the season with a 73-69 victory at Manchester Mystics Academy.

The Wildcats started well, jumping out to a 12-5 lead before the Mystics closed to within three at the end of the first quarter. The second was a tight affair before Ashton hit a three to give the visitors an eight-point advantage going into halftime. Riley scored Nottingham’s first 6 points of the third quarter to extend the lead to 12 points, but the home side hit back in the final quarter. Mbam hit 10 of 12 straight points for the Mystics as they went up 69-68, their first lead of the game, but Nottingham showed their fighting spirit to clinch the win 73-69.

Four Nottingham players hit double figures, with Brahe Ashton leading the way with 16 points, including four 3s. Tasmin Hickling (15), Caitlyn Riley (14) and Shaniya Rose (13) also made a big impact for the visitors. For the Mystics, Jade Mbam hit seven 3s as she top-scored with 27 points. Chloe Andrew hit three 3s for her 13 points. Jessica Izevbigie (9), Beth Waugh (8) and Remi Idowu (8) also made important contributions.

The Wildcats (1-8) have now finished their regular season campaign whilst the Mystics (4-4) will visit the unbeaten Charnwood College on 6 March.

 

Southern Conference

 

WEABL league leaders Copleston High School visited bottom of the league Itchen College this Wednesday. After losing 86-43 in the first encounter, Itchen knew it was going to be a tough game, especially with starting guards Luisa San Juan and Anabella Villalobos out with injury. And despite a much improved effort from the Itchen ladies, Copleston won the game 66-59.

Itchen started the first quarter well, scoring in transition and managing to take the first period 17- 14 behind 6 points from Louise Pilley. However, it would be Copleston who responded well in the second quarter turning on the defensive pressure resulting in steals and scores, with Ella Pearson scoring 8 of her 16 points. The Copleston team continued to pressurise Itchen in the third quarter resulting in a 10 – 0 run lead by Esther Little and Charlotte Redhead.

Down 48-39, the Itchen team continued to work hard and attempted to stay in the game with Charlotte Finn and Lauren Green combining for 12 points to bring their team within 7 in the closing stages. Unfortunately Esther Little had other plans, as she dropped 25 points in the second half alone which proved too much for the smaller sized Itchen team to handle.

Lauren Green and Charlotte Finn had 10 points a piece for Itchen College, while Copleston were lead by Esther Little with 31 points. Copleston remain comfortably at the top of the Southern Division with a 7-1 record, whilst Itchen remain winless with an 0-9 record at the bottom.