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Week 9 Preview – WEABL

Nick Winter

With just two weeks to go until the mid-season break, WEABL fans can look forward to a festive cracker as the two undefeated sides in the Southern Conference go head-to-head tomorrow, with two other games taking place in the North to boot.

Copleston High School (4-0) v John Madejski Academy (4-0)

With top spot on the line, one of these sides will lose their unbeaten start to the season tomorrow as JMA head to Copleston.

Copleston continue to be paced by the highly impressive Ella Pearson (27.8ppg, 12.0rpg), though their roster has quality throughout. That includes Cameron Taylor-Willis (22.0ppg, 12.0rpg) and Susannah Rafiu (12.8ppg, 12rpg), who both help make Coach Drane’s side a tough team to overcome this year.

Young guard Sitota Gines Espinosa has been impressing for the Rockets all year, she averages 14.5ppg at present and will need more of that form tomorrow if JMA are going to secure a 5th win of the season. Alongside Espinosa, Carmen Segura Moreno has also also contributed well (13.8ppg, 4.3rpg) to form a dangerous guard combo for JMA.

Myerscough College (0-4) v Nottingham Academy Wildcats (2-2)

Nottingham head to the North West tomorrow looking to get their record above .500 and move up the playoff places into 3rd or potentially 2nd, if results go their way.

The reserve fixture of this head-to-head was scheduled to take place last week in Nottingham, but a Myerscough forfeit, their 2nd of the season, curtailed that game. It’s been a tough start to the season for Coach Bernard’s side who are yet to win a game and need to find some form sooner rather than later.

Maisie Evison currently ranks 10th in the WEABL with 14.3ppg, she’ll no doubt be the main instigator on offence for Nottingham tomorrow.

The Sheffield College (2-1) v Derby Trailblazers Academy (1-5)

After facing each other to being their debut seasons in the WEABL, Sheffield and Derby lock horns tomorrow after experiencing different fates over the last few months.

Sheffield won that opening day match up, tacking on a win over Myerscough and a forfeit loss against Charnwood for a 2-1 record. Derby have also enjoyed a win over Myerscough, with losses to Manchester, Nottingham and two against Charnwood. The Trailblazers have generally been competitive even in defeat though, so the future is certainly bright for the 2nd half of their season.