City of Sheffield Hatters with a mixture of club seniors and juniors started their local league season with a convincing win over experienced Leeds League side Harrogate Raiders 68 – 48.
In the first quarter the Hatters set the pace with a 21 – 12 lead converting solid team defence into fastbreak opportunities.
The second quarter was a much closer competition with Hatters losing their advantage and trading baskets 15 – 14 leaving the half time score 36 – 26 in favour of the home side.
Hatters stepped the pressure up in the second half with a 15 – 7 split but lost Susie Gillie during this period after taking an accidental elbow to the head and having to leave the game to get stitches in a cut above her eye.
The match resumed and Hatters continued to stamp their authority on the game and ran out eventual winners with a good team performance 68 – 48.
Jodie Readman 13
Rosie Fox 12
Eleanor Goodwin 12
Courtney Bennett 10
Zoe Silcock 7
Kendal James 6
Sarah Mcqueen 4
Rachel Campbell 4
Coach: Loraine Gayle
Report by Zoe Silcock