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Copleston High School 93 v 70 Barking Abbey

Copleston won the battle between two undefeated teams as they ran out 93-70 winners against Barking Abbey.

Copleston started the game in exceptional fashion, with reigning WEABL Player of the Week Ella Pearson connecting on three consecutive three pointers and a lay-up to give the home side an 11-0 start to the game, with Pearson the only name on the score sheet.

However, Barking gathered themselves after a time out by Coach Mark Clark and slowly began to chip away at the Copleston lead. The hosts led 24-12 after the 1st quarter with Pearson scoring eighteen of those points, but when GB forward Cameron Taylor-Willis picked up a third foul eleven seconds into the second quarter, Copleston (who were without Esther Little and Becky Harwood-Bellis) saw their opponents beginning to mount a serious comeback. By halftime the difference was at nine, with Copleston leading 47-38.

The third quarter saw Barking win their second period in a row, closing the gap to just six points behind some sharp shooting from Elizabeth Osilaja and Anna Trett. However, as the fourth quarter started, Copleston re-established their dominant form with Pearson again finding her scoring touch, Charlotte Redhead connecting from long range multiple times and Susannah Rafiu showing off her ever developing all-round game.

The home side quickly built a double figure lead, eventually extending the advantage to over twenty points on their way to a strong 93-70 win.

“This is a great result,” said Ipswich head coach Nick Drane “Barking are the only team to have won the WEABL twice, and bring the biggest reputation in British Academy basketball with them, so to win in the manor we did, especially given the fact that we were missing two key players, is excellent and shows that we have some depth on this squad”.

Kenzie Day stepped up into the starting line up for Copleston and scored in double figures, while Charlotte Redhead had a season best eighteen points. However, it was Pearson’s forty-point outburst that will almost certainly be the talking point of the game.

Copleston now have a two week break before they host Oaklands, hoping to have Harwood-Bellis back to fitness. Barking will host JMA on the 20th November.