U14 Girls vs Leicester Warriors 11.03.17


Big Blazer win secures a place in the playoffs

For the last game of the regular season the U14 Blazer girls welcomed local rivals Leicester Warriors to the Clarence Wiggins Sport hall knowing that a win would secure the young Blazer girls a place in the playoffs.

The game started with the Blazers controlling the opening exchanges forcing the Warriors into low percentage shots and turnovers. On the offensive end, Daisy, Tash, Meg Lovatt and KJ combined for a 10-0 start with forced the Warriors into an early time-out. The momentary pause in play resulted in the away team registering their first score of the game before another 10-0 Blazer scoring burst which included scores for Daisy, Kerys, KJ and back to back layups for Meg Lovatt. As time ticked down in the quarter the Warriors persistence was rewarded as they scored 6 points to reduce their arrears but still trail 22-8 at the 1st quarter break.

The second quarter started with a lapse in defensive focus for the Blazers as the away team opened the quarter scoring. The Blazers needed to react and it came in the form of back to back jump shots from Neve along with layups for Kerys and Annelise as the Blazer lead increased to 34-10. The final minutes of the half resulted in both teams picking up fouls but managing to score 4 additional points each as the half time score read 38-14.

Despite only conceding 14 points in the half the half time talk focused on a need for increased defensive intensity. As the Blazers took to the court they looked determined to show the Warriors how good they could be on the defensive end of the floor. The next ten minutes of play will go down as the best defensive display the U14 girls have produced all year as they rendered the Warriors scoreless by boxing out hard, rebounding and most impressively attacking the passing lanes. This good defence was rewarded on the offensive end as the team combined for 34 points in the quarter, most notably by Tash who added 12 of the points in a dominate spell of play for the Blazer guard.

Heading into the 4th quarter the Blazers led 72-14 but it was the Warriors that struck first in the quarter as they connected on back to back plays. Following a Neve layup the Warriors again managed to find room around the Blazer basket to score their 20th and last points of the game. The final moments of the game saw every Blazer girl see court time as an 11-0 scoring run capped a fine Blazer performance and an 85-20 win.

Coaches comments:

‘What a way to finish the regular season’

‘We weren’t at our best in the first half but after the break we were excellent defensively. Anytime you hold a team to just 6 points in 20-minutes you have to be pleased’

‘I am so proud of what the girls have achieved this season. This win secures our place in the playoffs, we will find out in the next few weeks who we will be drawn against’

‘Every girl (u16/u14) should feel incredibly proud of what we have achieved, the girls programme has only been in operation for two years and to make the post season is an incredible achievement’.

Derby scorers:

Megan Lovatt 19, Tash Barker 17, Katie Januszewska 15, Neve Marvill 14, Kerys Mather 10, Daisy Sheppherd 4, Megija Silina 4, Annelise Rowntree 2