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Charnwood v Oaklands

Charnwood College Riders advanced to the WEABL final for the 2nd straight year with a hard fought 68-56 win over Oaklands College.

Harriet Swindells led Charnwood with an impressive 21 point haul, while Megan Jones added 17 points in the win.

Charnwood and Oaklands met for the first time this year in the WEABL Semi-finals with both teams doing really well in the round before to get to this stage.

Oaklands started off on fire, leading out to a 9-3 run forcing Charnwood to call a time out. Afterwards, it was a high scoring first quarter as the two teams traded blows before the hosts edged ahead at 19-18.

With good shooting from Swindells and scoring from Megan Jones, Charnwood were able to go into half time with a 3-point lead, however good drives from Kyla Nelson and Tia Freeman kept Oaklands not far behind.

Second half was similar to the first half, both teams looking to play and score in transition and making it difficult for the other team. However timely stops and scores allowed Charnwood to break away with a 7-point lead going into the fourth.

Charnwood were able to maintain their lead in the fourth and added to it, while Oaklands kept fighting and made it difficult for Charnwood and never let up. Charnwood were able to see off the fight back from Oaklands to gain a 68-56 win and make it back to back the WEABL finals.

“After a slow start the girls responded really well, extremely proud of the way they stuck together and got the win,” said Head Coach, Krumesh Patel.

“The girls have worked really hard for this and earned their place in the finals. Credit to Lee Ryan and Oaklands, they have done a great job this year and fought really hard today.”

Krisztina Nagy led Oaklands with 14 points and was supported by Tia Freeman’s 13 and Kyla Nelson, who added 12 points.

“We played great team basketball today and really stuck together through tough moments in the game,” added Charnwood’s Jessica Eadsforth-Yates.

“When it really mattered most, we played as a unit both on defence and offence and off the court too. We had a plan and we all stuck to it for 40 minutes to play our brand and get the job done.”

Charnwood advance to the final where they will play City of London Academy at the Leicester Arena next Wednesday.