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Charnwood College vs Barking Abbey

Charnwood College Riders managed to bounce back in the WEABL league play with a hard-fought comeback against a previously unbeaten Barking Abbey team as they prevailed 61-58.

Ebony Horton top scored with 21 points with Holly Winterburn adding 18 points in the win.

This was the first meeting of this year between Charnwood and BA and it was a hard fought affair. It was a slow start from both teams, but Barking took the early lead in the first at 10-16. They then continued to build on their early lead with the help of good 3-point shooting from Adeyinka to help establish a 16-37 half-time advantage.

“We did a lot of things poorly in the first half, however we all knew the objective of the game and we were determined to achieve that goal and show our coaches and team mates our true character, passion and commitment for our team,” said Horton.

“We had a poor start but it was a really fun game to play in and really put us to the test. This season is going to be a fun one.”

After the break it was a different story for Charnwood as they came out with good energy and strong presence on defence which led to confidence on offence. The slow comeback was ignited by back-to-back 3s from Winterburn and then from the captain Horton.

Charnwood’s fight back was helped with seven triples in the third period with good defences spells. Barking made a great fight back in the fourth with consecutive scores from Charlotte Ellmore, but the home side were able to close out the win after a strong lay up from Winterburn completed the comeback.

“Today’s game showed our team’s character, to come back from being down by 26 to win is something special and it makes it even better that we did it together,” said Winterburn.

“We believed in ourselves the whole way and executing what coach wanted and locking into the scout was the difference. I’m so proud of our team and the potential we have, with finals a month away we’re in a good place.”

Zoe Willis led BA with 13 points with Ellmore adding 12, while Megan Sheret had 10.

Charnwood will now travel away to City of London next week whilst Barking Abbey will try to bounce back against unbeaten Oaklands.