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Itchen Sixth Form College 64 – 57 Oaklands College

Itchen College hosted Oaklands in the WEABL yesterday, with the home side picking up their first win of the season with a final score of 64-57.

Itchen knew the game was going to be tough, with both teams wanting to get away from the bottom of the table and pick up their first win of the WEABL. However it was Oaklands who took the first quarter 14-11 behind 10 points from Louise Rouse.

Itchen struggled to contain the much improved centre, forcing the hosts to step up their defence in the second quarter before converting on the offensive end with Charlotte Finn leading the charge.  12 first half points from the talented scorer helped the Itchen cause, but despite an improved quarter the home side trailed 27-23 at the half.

In the third quarter the Itchen side came out looking confident, full court defensive pressure caused Oaklands problems resulting in transition baskets for Charlotte Finn and Anabella Villalobos. This coupled with three back to back 3 pointers from Caitlin Collier saw the home side take a 48-40 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw Itchen cause more concerns in the back court with full court pressure on the Oaklands guards. This allowed the home side to extend their lead to 12 points with 5 minutes remaining.

Oaklands were not going to go away though as Louise Rouse continued to dominate the paint for Oaklands to help the visitors fight their way back. However, the home team played the game out and gained their first victory of the season.

Itchen Coach Vicky Milner commented on the game: “We have talked a lot about resilience and togetherness this week, being able to out stand runs from other teams and still come back into the game.

“Today we did that, the girls played hard and gave everything on the defensive end leading to steals and transition baskets. I felt we took control of the ball and made good decisions on the offensive end.

“It was a real team effort, were every player contributed to the win. I am pleased for the girls as it has been a tough season!”

Caitlin Collier lead the scoring for Itchen with 24 points, whilst Charlotte Finn added 22 and Jess Blandford 6.

Louise Rouse was the only player to get into double figures for the visitors with 33 points, K Martin had 6 points and J Leavold had 5 points.