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John Madejski Academy v Charnwood College

Charnwood College produced a blistering third quarter performance and were worthy winners against the John Madejski Academy on Friday afternoon in both teams final WEABL regular season game. Holly Winterburn led her team with 20 points as they secured their play-off birth.

JMA Head Coach Blai Benlloch was disappointed to see his team suffer their biggest loss of the campaign but reflected on an extremely positive first season in the WEABL. He said,

“Today was a really tough game for us. Charnwood are a very good team and after the first quarter they showed their quality with their play and depth so a lot of credit must go to them. We found it very difficult today without Noa (Sanchez Marques) and Natalia (Osborne) but overall I am pleased with how we have competed this season and the experience we have gained in the WEABL. It has been great for us and now we will build over the summer and be back next year with a deeper, more competitive team.”

The opening eight minutes of the contest was a tight affair as Charnwood led by a single point at 6-5 before a 10-0 run at the end of the first quarter by the away side gave them a 5-16 lead after ten minutes. Five three’s in the second quarter by the visitors was the story of the second ten minutes as Charnwood’s sharp shooting helped them to a 13-37 advantage as both teams headed into the locker room.

The third quarter was where Charnwood put the game to bed as they poured in 29 points and held their opponents to just four as they led the game 17-66. A far slower paced final quarter in terms of scoring followed as Charnwood won the last ten minutes 9-5 and took a comfortable 22-75 victory as they headed into the semi-finals of the play-offs next week.

Supporting Holly Winterburn and Charnwood was Ebony Horton who had 15 points and Lauren Saa who had 10. For JMA, Saffie Jarju scored half her team points with 11 whilst Elena Palacios had 5 and Paula Romero Tarrega scored 4.

Charnwood College will now advance to the play-off semi-finals next week with their opponents still to be decided whilst for JMA, their first season in the WEABL has come to a close with three wins and four losses.