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Copleston Sixth Form vs Myerscough College

Myerscough held off a late Copleston comeback to secure a key win on the road in an excellent game between two good teams in Ipswich, eventually winning 59-69.

Copleston were playing with a depleted squad, with just seven fit players, including two lower school academy girls, but this did not stop the Suffolk side from battling to the end. For Myerscough, it was the hot hand of Shauna Harrison, who connected on four triples in the first half, that was causing major problems for IBA.

For the home side, as usual, it was Ashleigh Pink dominating the game. The GB guard scored 10 points in the first quarter, which she increased to 15 by the break. Harrison would finish the first half with 14 points, giving the visitors a 42-33 half time lead.

The second half saw Myerscough extend their lead to 20 points, while Copleston Coach Nick Drane handed a WEABL debut to year-nine Abbie Yorke. However, with fifteen year old Cameron Taylor-Willis tasked with keeping Harrison quiet, Copleston chipped away at the Myerscough lead.

In the absence of Harrison’s hot-shooting, Millie Knowles got it going and helped herself to 11 points in the second half. Maya Price was quietly putting together another huge double-double, as the game went back and forth.

Myerscough eventually ran out ten point winners with Harrison finishing with 18 while Knowles added seventeen. For Copleston, Pink collected 28 points while Price added 16 and 19 rebounds.

“Myerscough came in and did a great job today – all credit to Julie and her staff for preparing the girls so well,” Copleston Head Coach Nick Drane said.

“For us, although we are disappointed with the loss, we are very much looking at the bigger picture this season as an academy. We have an exceptional recruitment class coming in next year, and with our Senior Women’s team doing so well in the national league, these games are really an great opportunity for us to develop the players.

“A shining example of that today was Cameron, who was given the job of keeping a top level player quiet in the second half. At just fifteen years old, to be put in that situation at this level is great for her development and ultimately that’s the purpose of an academy and an academy league – to develop the players.”

Copleston have little time to rest as they host JMA on Wednesday, while Myerscough face Loreto next week.