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City of London Academy 40 v 55 Copleston High School

City of London Academy opened their home account for the season with a 40 – 55 loss to Copleston High School on Wednesday. The result gets the Suffolk side off to a great start at 1-0 and leaves CoLA needing to dig themselves out of a hole at 0-2.

The first quarter was a back and forth affair with both teams showing their shooting ability with six triples in the quarter which ended 14-12 in the home sides favour.

The second quarter saw CoLA break the game open with some good ball movement allowing some wide open shots to take a six point lead into the final two minutes of the quarter. Copleston refused to back down, pressuring CoLA into some unforced errors that left the score tied at the half.

A defensive switch from Copleston Coach Nick Drane to a zone was the change in the game at the start of the third quarter as CoLA struggled to get the looks they wanted and Copleston continued to plug away on the offensive end led by captain Cameron Taylor-Willis and Ella Pearson. The third quarter score ended 18-9 giving Copleston the edge going into the 4th.

The girls from South London tried their best to mount a comeback in the 4th quarter however they weren’t able make a dent in the zone and Copleston continued to get good looks on offense to run out fairly comfortable winners.

Top scorers for CoLA were Amelia Sandie with 12, Simona Henshaw on 10 and Nell Stewart with 8. For Copleston Ella Pearson had a game high 21 points, Cameron Taylor-Willis had 16 points and Becky Harwood-Bellis added 11 more.

CoLA head coach Jackson Gibbons said: “It was a tough afternoon at the office for us, Copleston came into our gym short handed and executed a game plan and to their credit it worked.

“They’ve gone from being a young group last year to a somewhat veteran group this year retaining all of their main players and the experience showed.

“Our girls fought and did their best, nobody is ever happy in defeat and we’ve never started the WEABL 0-2, however there were things we can build upon and we know the areas of growth we need to work on”

CoLA now host Oaklands next week whilst Copleston welcome Barking Abbey