U14 Girls: Blazer girls work hard to topple the Spinners
After a weekend off National league duty the U14 Blazer girls returned to action as they travelled to Bury to take in Lancashire Spinners. The team welcomed back starting forward Kerys Mather who was absent from the teams last outing in Leeds and with the team at full strength a positive performance was expected.
The game began with both teams taking a trip to the free-throw line and whereby the Spinners missed both of their shots Neve was able to convert on both attempts. The Spinners responded immediately with a layup to tie the score at 2-2, unfortunately for the home team that would be their last score of the quarter as the Blazer girls went on a 0-13 scoring run to the end the first quarter which included scores for Neve, Kerys, Annelise, Daisy and Tash.
The full court defensive pressure being applied by the Blazer girls resulted in multiple turnovers for the Spinners through the first four minutes of the second quarter which as a result enabled the Blazer girls to string a 2-14 scoring burst which included six points from Megan Lovatt. With the score reading 4-29 a time-out was needed for the Spinners to re-group which enabled them to register 7 points to finish the quarter but still face an 11-34 deficit at the half time break.
The third quarter started well for the Blazers as Neve and Tash combined for 6 quick points before the Spinners hit back with 4 of their own. A Blazer time-out resulted in an increased defensive effort which allowed quick break layups for Megan Lovatt, Daisy & Tash as the Blazer girls effectively extinguished any chance of the Spinners getting back into the game and when Neve made back to back layups to end the quarter the Blazers led 23-54.
The final quarter was a story of two scoring runs. First it was the Blazers who scored 11 straight points through Neve, Kerys & Anna. The final four minutes of the game unfortunately saw a drop in energy and focus for the Blazers as the Spinners scored 13 points which although reduced their deficit it didn’t affect the result of the game as the Blazers took the game 36-65.
‘Today was a tough game on a number of different levels. It’s hard for the girls to play the way we want them to play when game conditions don’t allow it’
‘Having said this we found a way to be competitive and we are making positive steps forward every time we step on the court’
Neve Marvill 27, Tash Barker 10, Megan Lovatt 9, Kerys Mather 6, Annelise Rowntree 6, Daisy Sheppard 4, Katie Januszewska 2, Anna Marvill 2.