U16 Girls: The under 16s girls finished the year with a home game against Leicester Warriors
The Derby girls started the game fired up for what looked like a tough and aggressive game. Unfortunately, this did mean sending the visitors to the foul line twice in the first few minutes and giving away some silly fouls. Miya got the scoreboard ticking for the hosts in what turned in to a very competitive first quarter 17-12 down. Miya, Darcie and Neve Marvill, on her U16 Debut, getting the points for the Blazers.
The second quarter started slowly for both teams with no score in the first 2 minutes before the hosts sent the warriors to the foul line again. Some nice work inside the key from Darcie got the Blazers moving again in what proved to be a very tight second quarter. Again, silly fouls proved some of the downfall for the hosts as they sent Leicester to the foul line 5 times in the quarter but the quarter score finished at 9-9 ending the half 26-21 to the visitors. Darcie, Miya, Izzy and Paige picking up the points for Derby.
With the game, still in the balance, Derby were ready to take the game to Leicester and push for the first win of the season. Unfortunately, several factors stopped Derby in their tracks. An 8-minute spell in the quarter on yielded 1 point for Derby and 3 in the quarter when Leicester picked up 13. It just seemed that the ball wouldn’t fall in for Derby, not for a lack of trying. Neve and Lucy Walker getting the points for Derby as the third quarter ended 39-24 to Leicester.
A big push was needed in the last quarter in a game that wasn’t lost. More aggression was needed from Derby and to take their chances when they presented themselves. Derby stepped it up and started getting sent to the foul line themselves 7 times in the quarter and kept the score board ticking over. Unfortunately, Leicester matched Derby down the stretch as the quarter score ended 14-14 and the game ending 53-38 to the Warriors. Neve, Paige, Rosemary, Izzy and Darcie getting the scores for Derby.
‘A second frustrating game in a row. A very winnable game slipped from our grasp a bit in the third where it seemed for a long time nothing would go for us in terms of scoring. Another game where we created some good opportunities but failed to take them gives us some bits to work on for the rest of this year and in to the next before our next game.
Today was Coach Andy’s last game with the U16s and it’s a shame we haven’t been able to get the win but the work he has put in will help in the coming months and for the rest of the season. I personally would like to thank Andy for all that he has done and he has taught me an incredible amount that will help me out going forward.’
Miya 10, Darcie 7, Neve 6, Paige 5, Izzy 4, Rosemary 4, Lucy W 2