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John Madejski Academy vs Copleston High School

Copleston High School made it a memorable afternoon in Reading as they came away with their second victory of the day in the WEABL as they defeated JMA 46-49, behind Charlotte Redhead’s 18 points.

JMA Head Coach Blai Benlloch was pleased with the spirit his team showed but ultimately they couldn’t quite get over the line against a talented Copleston outfit. Coach Benlloch said, “The game was very close throughout and even when we went ten points behind at the beginning of the third quarter, we still believed we could win the game. We showed great spirit in the last 15 minutes but unfortunately we gave up an open three towards the end and were unable to convert the possessions we had. Another positive performance but much to learn and build on.”

The first quarter was a tightly contested affair as the visitors just edged the first ten minutes of action coming out with a two point advantage at 13-15. The home team then found points hard to come by as Copleston stretched their lead and went into the half time break 19-26 to the good.

The visitors to Reading then stretched their lead at the beginning of the third period and led by as many as 10 at 23-33. A mini 6-0 towards the end of the third quarter meant that JMA had closed the deficit to six with the score 35-41 after 30 minutes.

The home team seemed to have the momentum with a 7-0 run to start the final quarter giving them their first lead of the game, 42-41 with 4 minutes to play. However, the visitors made some big plays down the stretch as Esther Little nailed a three in the last minute and Copleston then iced the game from the line despite a last second heave from the hosts to win a memorable contest.

Supporting Charlotte Redhead was Cameron Taylor-Willis with 11 and Esther Little with 10. For JMA, Carmen Segura Moreno had 13, Anabel Latorre 9, and Paula Romero Tarrega with 8.

JMA travel to the City of London Academy next Wednesday 17 October whilst Copleston are on the road again at Itchen College.