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John Madejski Academy vs Myerscough College

Shauna Harrison’s game high 27 points was enough to help Myerscough to a 13 point away win as they beat the John Madejski Academy 64-77  on Wednesday afternoon in Reading.

JMA Head Coach Blai Benlloch was pleased with his teams improved performance despite a difficult opening quarter and knows each game is an invaluable experience for the group. 

“We had a difficult opening quarter and gave up 23 points which is too many and despite repeating that in the second quarter we were able to score more freely and compete with our opponents,” he said.

“We steadily improved in the third quarter but found it difficult to score in the last ten minutes of the game when it really counted.

“Nevertheless I am proud of the team who are fighting and competing without Noa (Sanchez Marques) and next week we will be ready for the challenge of Loreto.”

It was the visitors who started the brighter of the two teams as Myerscough raced into a 14-6 lead only to be pegged back by the hosts as JMA cut the arrears to just one point, 14-13 with two minutes remaining in the quarter. A 7-0 run by the away team ensured a ten point advantage at the end of the first period as they led 23-13.

A high scoring second quarter followed as a combination of 47 points was scored between the two teams as they both found their scoring rhythm. JMA managed to reduce the deficit to five heading into the last minute of the half at 42-37 but Myerscough chipped in with a 5-0 run to head into the locker room 46-37 to the good.

The third quarter was also a nip and tuck affair although a 10-2 run by Myerscough gave them their biggest lead of the game after three minutes of the third quarter as they led by 17, 56-39. JMA did respond again and chipped away at the deficit, closing the quarter only eight points behind at 65-57 to their guests.

The final quarter was a low scoring affair with neither team managing to find consistent scoring in the first five minutes but an 8-0 run by the away side ensured they would be heading back to the north with a well earned 13 point victory with the final score reading 77-64.

Alongside Shauna Harrison’s impressive 27, Erin Hiking had 16 for the visitors and Freya Kelshaw had 11. For JMA, Paula Romero Tarrega led her team with 23 points, Natalia Osborne had 14 and Saffie Jarju had 13 for the hosts.

JMA are back in action next Wednesday 28th February when Loreto College visit Reading whilst Myerscough College are on the road again when they take a trip to Ipswich to play Copleston High in the penultimate round of games before the post season commences.