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Greig City Academy v John Madejski Academy

Greig City Academy came up short against the well-organised visitors from Reading as John Madejski Academy recorded a 43-57 win.

Angelique Vallava-Cue top scored with 14 points in the win with 13 points apiece from Noa Sanchez Marquez and Natalia Osborne, while Saffie Jarju added 11.

JMA opened up the score sheet with their trade mark dribble penetrations finding too many holes in the GCA defence. It was quickly an 8-2 lead for the visitors before the dynamic Daniella Tewogbade entered the game and was the host team’s most consistent offensive threat.

GCA started the second quarter down 11-19 and the team battled hard with aggressive drives to the basket, but could not capitalise from the line missing 12 free throws in the period to go in 26-35 behind at the half.

Villava-Cua kept JMA ahead throughout the game with her sharp-shooting from behind the arc at 40%. GCA strived to get in touching distance throughout the third, but again missed free throws hurt their efforts.

Both teams tired towards the end of the game with the lowest scoring quarter taken by JMA 12-7 as they completed the road win.

“We are still a young team but we missed the regular scoring contribution from our senior players today, pleasing to see young Dani lead the way but really and truly we need more from the senior players if we are to compete at this level,” commented Head Coach Dan Bowmaker.

“JMA were well coached and organised, they played with a great fighting spirit through the entire game and were worthy winners today.”

Tewogbade finished with 16 points for GCA in defeat.