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Manchester Mystics Academy 52 – 48 Derby Trailblazers Academy

Maddie Owen led Mystics with a game high 17 points and moved their WEABL campaign to 2-1 following a narrow 52-48 win over Derby.

The game started with both sides trading baskets but it was Manchester that took the 1st quarter 17-11.

The 2nd quarter saw both teams playing some intense defence, resulting in a low scoring frame. It was Nicole Brealey’s great shooting display that kept Derby going but still wasn’t enough as the visitors lost the quarter 14-12 for a half time score of 31-23.

Derby upped their intensity in the 3rd, making it tough for Manchester to find any rhythm on offence. Derby took the quarter 13-10  as Manchester found themselves taking a 41 – 36 lead into the final period.

The final quarter saw both teams struggling on offence resulting in a low scoring frame, finishing 11 – 12, and allowing the hosts to hold onto their slender advantage.

Next up, Manchester hit the road to play Sheffield. as Derby host Nottingham.