U16 Girls finish season on a high
For the last game of the season the U16 girls travelled to Stockport for the reverse fixture. Buoyed by the overall performance from the previous games, the girls were keen to end the season on a high with a competitive performance.
The challenge laid down by the coaches before the game was for the girls to make a positive start to the game. This showed from the start as the visitors picked up the first 3 points of the game before some questionable officiating, which would become a theme, sent the hosts to the foul line 4 times in succession to give them the lead. The rest of the quarter was some back and forth point scoring but with Stockport taking the advantage in to the first break 19-12. Scorers for Derby; Miya, Phoebe, Darcie, Sarah and Meg.
The second quarter starter with some lax defending from Derby sending the hosts to the foul line straight away. The rest of the quarter was again back and forth but once again Stockport coming out on top backed up by a 8-0 run in the middle of the quarter putting Derby on the back foot going into the half time break on the wrong side of a 36-22 deficit. Scorers for Derby; Kerys, Paige, Darcie and Miya.
The message from the coaches at half time was for the girls to relax, have fun and enjoy the last 20 minutes of the season. The seemed to do the trick as some great basketball was being played from the visitors by passing the ball through the Lapwings defence to keep the scoreboard ticking throughout the quarter. Defensive lapses did cost points for the visitors however by sending the home team to the foul line 7 times in the quarter ending the third down 53-23. Scorers for Derby; Miya and Phoebe.
Throughout the final quarter, the visitors stuck with the lapwings for the duration with some good defensive work limiting the hosts to just 10 points, but a quarter where the ball just wouldn’t fall through the basket for Derby meant they scored 9 in the quarter eventually losing 63-42. Scorers foe Derby; Phoebe, Hannah, Kerys and Miya.
‘An overall good performance was what was needed to end the season and provide a springboard into the next season. Every player once again contributed positively to the game, in the end it was Stockport who capitalised more on our mistakes more than we could do to them. There is definitely positives to take in to the next season and build on the experience of the team from this season.
The season as a whole has been a frustrating one, not least because of the lack of games leading to quite a stop start season for the girls. There has been definite improvement throughout the season and each girl should be proud of themselves for rolling their sleeves up and keeping going right to the end. Well done!’
Miya 13, Phoebe 10, Darcie 7, Kerys 4, Paige 2, Hannah 2, Megan 2, Sarah 2.