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WEABL Recap – 9 March and playoff preview

The WEABL regular season is in the books, with the playoffs set to get underway this coming Wednesday.

Four contests took place to wrap things up last week, including a pair of games for Barking, as the curtain fell for some teams. Others still have plenty to play for though as we head towards some much-anticipated knockout basketball.

Here’s a round-up of all the action, and each score is clickable to access the top scorers/box score where available.

There’s also a look forward to the playoffs and the route each team must navigate to win it all.

Monday – Barking Abbey 72-48 The American School in London

Barking began the week with a comfortable 72-48 victory against The American School in London.

Grace Strickland was in top form for the hosts, she had 29 points as Fatmata Janneh added 16 more.

Meghan Lang closed the season for debutants ASL with 15 points, with Maddie Wilkin (12pts) and Katherine Demetris (8pts) playing well in support.

ASL close their first WEABL season with a 1-10 record, putting them in seventh place in the Southern conference.

Tuesday – Copleston High School 82-87 Barking Abbey

Barking made it two wins in two days, securing a post season berth as they beat Copleston 87-82.

Janneh stepped to the fore in this one, dropping a stunning 45 points in a brilliant back and forth scoring battle with Copleston’s Liv Forster (37pts).

The result puts Barking into #4 spot in the South, whilst Copleston could have taken the South’s #2 seeds with a win. Instead they’ll have to settle for third and an away tie to open the playoffs.

Itchen College 86-60 John Madejski Academy

Itchen closed their season on a high as they beat John Madejski Academy 86-60.

Faye Endean wrapped what has been a strong season in the Southern conference, dropping 25 points here as part of a string of solid outings.

April Ellis top scored for JMA with 16 points as Nahia Adot added 11 more.

Derby College Trailblazers 55-87 Nottingham Academy Wildcats

21 points from Praise Egharevba meant Northern conference winners Nottingham would finish the regular season unbeaten, knocking off Derby 87-55.

Going a perfect 8-0 and heading into the playoffs on a high, Nottingham will be a tough nut to crack as they look to secure the WEABL title.

Egharevba was supported by 12 points from former Player of the Week Mariam Olawoyin and 10 apiece from Natalie Charity and Macy Cook.

Playoff preview

The North’s #1 seeds Nottingham have a home clash to begin the playoffs, going up against South #4 seeds and former winners Barking Abbey, whilst top dogs in the South CoLA entertain Derby.

#2 seeds in the South Oaklands welcome The Sheffield College, and Charnwood College Riders are at home against South #3 seeds Copleston.

The winner of Nottingham v Barking will play either Oaklands or Sheffield, and either CoLA or Derby will match up with Charnwood or Copleston.

For all games, the higher seed will retain home court advantage.

The Elite Eights are scheduled for 16 March, with the Final Fours following on 23 March.

The WEABL playoff final is on Wednesday 30 March, at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Centre.