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City of London Academy vs Charnwood College

City of London Academy defeated Charnwood College 59-43 in a repeat of last year’s final as the visitors braved the adverse weather conditions on Wednesday afternoon.

The home side were led in scoring by Megan Haines with 19 points, support by Kadija Conteh with 13 points and Chandera Jones-Aryeh with 12 points. Ebony Horton top scored for Charnwood with 14 points, Cook contributed 9 point and Niamh Kelshaw weighed in with 5 points for the visitors.

Charnwood came out of the gates like a house on fire taking a 14-3 lead behind two early triples from sharp shooting Imogen Cook and another from captain Horton. After a CoLA timeout the moment swung in the favour of the home side with nine unanswered points to end the down four at 15-19.

The second quarter saw both teams have mini runs, Holly Winterburn and Megan Haines exchanged back to back consecutive baskets, and the sides ended the half level at 29-29.

The third quarter saw much improved defence from CoLA which created fast break opportunities that weren’t there in the first half, huge triples from Haines and Conteh saw CoLA go end the third quarter up 44-37

The fourth quarter saw CoLA really lock in on defence holding Charnwood to just 6 points whilst scoring 15 points to cement the victory

Haines said: “Today was good as we stayed together as a team for 40 minutes, even when Charnwood went on a run we didn’t get rattled, we stuck to what we know and have practiced.

“I felt we locked in defensively and showed we can be a cohesive unit on defence when we want to be. We’ve come a long way since the start of the season and I know will continue to grow as a team both on and off the floor.

CoLA Head Coach Jackson Gibbons added: “I thought our girls played well defensively against a team who you can never count out, we all know their programme can catch fire at any time and we learned that the hard way earlier in the season, so I was very pleased with the 40 minutes of application from our girls.

“We won’t get too excited however, both teams were down a couple of players so it can go either way next time, match-ups are everything at this level, so additional players could reverse the result no question. It’s just one game and we still have two more formidable teams to play to get into the playoffs.”

CoLA now turn their attention to Barking Abbey next Wednesday whilst Charnwood make the journey down the M1 again to face Oaklands College on the same day.