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Nottingham Academy Wildcats vs Charnwood College

It was a difficult opening WEABL contest for a new look Nottingham Academy Wildcats. A young Nottingham team. playing with lone year 13 student Caitlyn Riley, ran into one of the top sides in the country on Wednesday going down 33-80 to visiting Charnwood College Riders.

The Riders were led by Great Britain international guard Holly Winterburn, fresh off another strong showing at the European championship, who led all scorers with 19 points, showing why she is regarded as one of the best young stars in the country.

Charnwood jumped out to a quick 6-0 start, and finished the first quarter with a 18-9 lead. Last years finalists proved too deep for the hosts as they finished with a 19-5 final quarter.

New Nottingham Head Coach Kenrick Liburd had this to say, “there were a number of positives today, not everyone you see is going to look like Charnwood. They have a talented group and are well coach squad with lots of experience. I was very pleased by our effort and togetherness, I was pleased with how we stuck to our defensive principles and at times how we handled their pressure.” 

Along with Winterburn, the Riders were helped by 12 points from Megan Jones, while the Wildcats were led by 17 points from Shaniya Rose-McDonal. Shaniya said the following about her first game in the WEABL, “As a team I think we should have stuck to the plan more”, expanding about the game Rose-McDonal went on to say, “It was good – I was forced to think fast, which is something that I need to get better at.”

Next up for the Nottingham Academy Wildcats is a trip to face Myerscough on Wednesday 3 October, while Charnwood College are on the road to face Sheffield.