U16 Girls vs Stockport Lapwings 05.03.17
In the second game of the double header, the U16s girls were back at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Centre for the visit of the Stockport Lapwings, a team we were yet to play.
A lot of the focus before the game was to continue the good work from the day before against Leicester and to once again play with no regrets and with a smile on their face. The hosts started the game a bit cold on the offensive end, not registering a score until the 4th minute but sending the visitors to the line twice in the same timeframe led them to score 4 points and some early foul trouble for Derby. The blazers took their chances to get back level at 6 a piece before a 3-minute spell with no score and again sending Stockport to the foul line 3 times opened a gap of 7 points before going in to the first break down by 6 at 16-11. Scorers for Derby; Paige, Phoebe, Lucie and Miya.
The second quarter started much the same with another 4-minute spell where the ball just wouldn’t fall go in despite getting in to some good positions. Some increased penetration to the basket sent the Derby girls to the line 4 times to end the half but still on the wrong side of a 28-19 score line. Scorers for Derby; Izzy, Miya, Hannah, Paige.
The second half started with a renewed emphasis on offense and to keep taking the opportunities as they presented themselves. This led to a back and forth quarter with both teams exchanging points the entire quarter. Unfortunately, increased offense meant that the defence suffered slightly with the quarter score being 15-22 to the visitors. Scorers for Derby; Paige, Miya, Sarah and Darcie.
The last quarter followed a similar pattern with both teams exchanging scorers down the home stretch. Tiredness also seemed to play factor with the visitors being sent to the foul line 5 times in the quarter allowing them to pick up free points to end the quarter and the game 69-49 to the visitors. Scorers for Derby; Lucy, Phoebe, Sarah and Miya.
‘Another step in the right direction for the U16 girls and a game that realistically we should and could have got more from. I think that playing 2 games in a weekend eventually caught up on the girls but they gave everything they had.
This weekend has been tough one but each player, in both games, has positively impacted the game in one way or another. Certain players have stepped up more than before and there is a definite feeling that this team have taken a huge step forward with one game to go.’
Final word, a quote that I think shows the team spirit from this weekend:
‘It’s not about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.’
Miya 11, Phoebe 10, Paige 9, Lucy 6, Sarah 6, Hannah 3, Izzy 2, Darcie 2