Division 1: Two for Two on the Weekend

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The Westfield Health Hatters hit the road for a double header weekend. They matched up against Manchester Mystics on Saturday where they got out to a very early lead. The Mystics who are currently in 9th place with only 3 wins this season lost to the Hatters 88-56 the first time they played. This time would be no different. Led by Helen Naylor’s 26 points the Hatters went into the second half up by 24.

The mystics were able to post a 20 point third quarter but it would not be enough to make a come back against a disciplined Hatters squad. The Hatters would hold the Mystics to 8 points in the fourth and final quarter to win the game 98-54. Top scorers were Helen Naylor, Julie Page and Steph Gandy both with 19.

On Sunday, the Hatters travelled down to Loughborough to face the second place team. The Student Riders who had just come off a disappointing loss against Nottingham on Saturday were not able to get a good start against the Hatters defence. Gandy would lead the charge against the Student Riders with 25 points as the Hatters would maintain a nice lead throughout the entire game.

At halftime, the Hatters led 52 -27. “One thing we have done really well is run, let’s keep that up,” said Coach Ellis before the start of the third quarter. The Hatters went out and continued to attack the basket. The game would go on to win the game 83-53. Along with Gandy, Lauren Thomas-Johnson would score 14 and Helen Naylor finished with 13 as top scorers for the away team.

With the two wins, the Westfield Health Hatters would put themselves 8 points ahead of the second place team in the league, while Loughborough would tie with Barking Abbey for second. The Hatters till remain undefeated on the season.

The team will have another weekend of rest, although three Hatters players, Helen Naylor, Naomi Campbell, and Ellis Clayton will be competing in BUCS thus weekend in Leeds. The Hatters will return to action in their last two home games  of the 2012-2013 season on the 23rd and 24th of March.

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