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Copleston v Oaklands

Oaklands edged out Copleston 63-68 in a game that was a great advert for the WEABL and women’s basketball in general.

The game followed a pattern for 40 minutes with Oaklands extending a lead to eight or nine points before Copleston would claw it back to two or three.

Krisztina Nagy had the hot hand, connecting on a game high 25 points, while for Copleston it was again the sharp shooting of guard Jessica Baker who top scored.

The biggest and most significant run of the game was made by Oaklands who closed the first half out with nine unanswered points in the final 90 seconds, which completely swung the momentum.

Copleston were dictating the game and with the inside presence of Oaklands Kata Fulop in foul trouble, this looked to be in the Suffolk side’s favour, but some lapses in concentration and some key plays from Tia Freeman, Oaklands stole control of the game.

The third quarter was all about Copleston’s Baker. The guard came out on fire, connecting on three straight triples, but again Oaklands would answer. It became a back and forth affair, into the fourth quarter with Nagy again in fine form for Oaklands while Ashleigh Pink and Freya Cooney got it going for Copleston.

“I thought our girls did a good job of executing the game plan today,” said Head Coach, Nick Drane.

“We identified which players we wanted to focus on and the girls did an excellent job. Jasmine Tebbit was assigned the job of guarding Kyla Nelson, who as we all know is a handful at any level – she recently had 33 in a WBBL game.

“Kyla had four points today, Jazz is still sixteen years old – this was the game of her life!.

“We just couldn’t do anything with Krisztina Nagy today, but we kept the rest of their girls pretty quiet. We know we are right there with the best teams in this league.”

Pink finished with 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Copleston, while Maya Price added six points along with 20 rebounds with Freya Cooney continuing her all-round improvement with 11 points and eight boards.

For Oaklands, Nagy’s 25 were supported by 12 from Freeman and 10 from Maja Gobi.

Copleston host Barking Abbey on Monday and travel to the return fixture on Wednesday next week as the regular season comes to a close.

Oaklands host Rydens where they are expecting to round off a fine regular season and secure the second seed and a home game in the first round.