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WEABL recap – 11 January

It’s the new year and that means ushering in the second half of the 2022/23 WEABL season. 

The second Wednesday of January saw six teams return to the court, hoping to start their Y2K23 with a win and three points. 

Oaklands College 39-71 City of London Academy – Southwark  

The leaders of the Southern Conference picked up where they left off last year, chalking up another victory, this time over Oaklands College. 

Top scorers for CoLA (6-1) were Ebere Chukwu-Egbirika (12) and Violet Stutz (10), with forwards Felicia Jacobs-Abiola and Blanche Toualea pitching in eight points each. 

Oaklands’ loss moves them to a 2-4 record, but next week they face up against bottom of the conference John Madejski Academy and will hope to take a win in Reading.

Itchen College 75-52 John Madejski Academy  

Itchen’s win over JMA leap frogs them over Copleston High School (3-2) to put them second in the Southern Conference at 4-1. 

Faye Endean was the standout player for the hosts, scoring 25. Her teammates Anna Nevison (18) and Erin Caldwell (15) combined for 33.  

Itchen will want to keep the winning momentum going when they face Oaklands College on the 25 January, putting further pressure on league leaders CoLA.  

It wasn’t all Itchen, however, JMA (0-6) proved they are fighters despite continuing their search for a first win of the year.  

Six-foot forward Elia Ando put away 16 points and guards Saioa San Francisco and Tyra Phelan adding 14 and 12, respectively.  

The Manchester Mystics Academy 79-74 Charnwood College Riders 

The only Northern Conference fixture this week saw Manchester Mystics beat Charnwood College Riders by five, putting the Mancs on 12 points and in pole position for the Conference title.  

Mystics’ Isobel Robinson and Rider’s Erin Powell both balled out for their teams scoring a colossal 33 and 32 points, respectively.  

Despite the back and forth scoring between the wing guards and a sublime 26 points from Rider’s Alex Shaw, the Mystics were able to hold on to their first dub of the new year.  

Read the half-term recap to get up to speed on all things WEABL 

Main image credit – Manchester Mystics