In the quarter finals of the National Cup Hatters U18’s faced Reading Rockets in a home tie. Hatters came out in the first quarter with a statement 11-0 unanswered run that shocked Rockets leading to a first quarter score of 35-15 in favour of the Hatters. Despite Rockets trying to fight back behind 8 quarter points for C.Fernandes Hatters held the upper hand going into the locker room 60-33 ahead. The third period score replicated that of the second as the Hatters kept their advantage, even though Wandy Weekes had found her range for Rockets, and got every player onto the score sheet ending the quarter 85-51 up. A lower scoring fourth quarter saw Hatters pass the 100 point mark courtesy of Zoe Silcock and close out a resounding 102-60 victory. This win was punctuated by a 3 point masterclass from Georgia Gayle swishing 7 from outside the arc, an improvement in consistent rebounding at both ends of the court and a great team effort shown best in the countless fast breaks. We now face either our arch rivals Manchester Mystics or Oaklands Wolves in a home tie on January 18th @ 2.30 – please come down and support.
Georgia Gayle 29, Eleanor Goodwin 18, Jo Lowry 17, Shanice Turner 15, Courtney Bennett 10, Millie Dooley 5, Molly Axelby 4 and Zoe Silcock 4
Match Report by Molly Axelby