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Copleston High School vs Myerscough College

Copleston booked their place in the WEABL ‘Final Four’ with a dominant display against Myerscough College in Ipswich. Copleston started the game with a barrage of three-pointers, with all five starters connecting from long range inside the games first four minutes. The home side built a massive 17-1 lead, which put the visitors on the back foot, and which Copleston would consistently build on for the remainder of the game. Esther Little collected ten points in the period while Becky Harwood-Bellis and Ella Pearson both were on fire from the perimeter. Cameron Taylor-Willis, back from injury, was also back to her best, dominating the boards and finding her groove on offence.

The second quarter saw the visitors play their best basketball, but were unable to make any significant dent into the Copleston advantage as the hosts took a 40-22 lead into the interval. The Ipswich team then further built on their lead in the third period behind more excellent team basketball. Charlotte Redhead was enjoying some of her best basketball of the season, while Susanna Rafiu and Ines Bowman-Boyles dominated the game with their physical presence as Copleston extended their lead to thirty points going into the game’s final quarter. The fourth quarter was something of a formality, with Copleston sitting their starters, allowing some valuable playing experience to youngster Abbie Yorke, as well as first years Kenzie Day, Nicole Aston and Phoebe Colton all enjoyed some extended playing time. Copleston again extended their lead, winning the game 87-51 in the end.

“We were great today. The girls have had an excellent week of training after a tough loss last week. They’ve showed real character this week and they came together today and played some of our best basketball of the season. We will need another week just like that as we prepare for Charnwood. It doesn’t get any tougher than Leicester away – but to win this competition, at some stage we knew we would have to face this team, and we are playing well right now,” said Copleston Coach Nick Drane. “We start the game as massive underdogs, but we’ve got nothing to lose now – we are looking to cause a massive upset and we believe, if we play well, we are capable of it.”

Copleston were led by Ella Pearson’s twenty-one points, while Esther Little added an impressive 18-10-8 near triple double as she again dominated at both ends of the floor. Charlotte Redhead contributed 8-7-8 while Cameron Taylor-Willis, back from injury, produced a strong ten point, seventeen rebound double-double.

For the travelling Myerscough, Kyra Smith led the charge with nineteen points.