The Hatters got off to a slow start against Barking Abbey on Saturday night as Barking were able to get out in front of the Hatters and secure a short lead. The Hatters struggled offensively as their shots were not falling. Barking won the first quarter 12-16.
Hatters would regain the lead in second quarter as they began to find their rhythm behind Helen Naylor and her sister Sarah Cooney. The two would help to push the Hatters in front and take control of the game. The Hatters have become a resilient team fighting very hard to overcome deficits and maintain their spot as the top team in the league. They went into the half up 39-34.
After the half, the team increased their intensity to push the lead to as many as 13 points. Both teams continued to battle on the boards as two GB Olympians Julie Page and Azania Stewart. The Hatters would lead going into the fourth quarter 56-43.
Behind Roz Mason and Stewart, Barking would attempt a comeback pulling within 4 before Cooney drained a much needed 3 from the baseline, followed by another 2 points from Naylor and an and 1 play by Cooney the Hatters were able to regain a double digit lead. Under a minute left to play the Hatters would lead by 12 and go on to win the game 74-60.
The Westfield Health Hatters remain the only unbeaten team in VCars.co.uk Division 1 Womens League. Top Scorers were Helen Naylor with 21, Sarah Cooney (18), and Julie Page (14).