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Derby Trailblazers Academy 63 – 67 Charnwood College (1OT)

It was an epic game at Derby College at the Trailblazers took on the defending WEABL champions Charnwood, with overtime required for Charnwood to emerge victorious 67-63.

After a slow start with the scores tied at 4 a piece Charnwood made their first run, ten points unanswered including back to back threes from Lambert. After a Blazers timeout they found their form, netting 10 in a row of their own, and Lovatt’s 3 to end the quarter tied the game at 14-14.

The second quarter saw Charnwood up their defence. They went on another run, this time 9-0 and opened up a 20-28 half time lead.

Derby came to life in the third quarter. Marvill netted 8 points in this stanza and Charnwood couldn’t connect on a bunch of perimeter looks. By the end of the period it was tied up again at 38s.

In the fourth, it looked like Charnwood had control at 47-54 with 2:30 to play. Derby weren’t done, Lovatt made a free throw and then drained yet another three, then Hamilton struck with back to back drives to the basket to give Derby at 55-54 edge with 30 seconds remaining.

Charnwood couldn’t score on the next possession and were forced to foul Marvill. She made one from two and the Blazers led by two with 13 second left.

Lambert attempted to win the game for Charnwood from downtown but didn’t make it, however captain Bird was on hand to get the rebound and drew a foul with 4.6 second on the clock.

She held her nerve making both from the line to tie the game again. Blazers had a tough look on the buzzer but it didn’t come close and the game headed for overtime.

Three pointers from Cox and Richards at the start of overtime gave Charnwood control. And despite a valiant effort the Blazers couldn’t find there way back into the game.

After the game Coach Bowen commented: “I’m so proud of the girls performance and warrior spirit. They are a joy to coach.

“It’s so frustrating as we’ve been close on a number of occasions recently but I know we are on the right path. This is our first year in the WEABL so these experiences will be valuable as we move forward.”