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Hatters v Leeds Force – U14s

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Hatters added another win to their tally as they beat Leeds force at home on the 7th of November. The 12 player team consisted of Abbey Whitehouse (4), Alice Fallon (5), Vanessa Oji (6), Lauren Knowles (7), Jess Morey (8), Ella Whitehouse (9), Ashante Richards (10), Zoe Kateregga (11), Laetitia Kasongo (12), Tatiana Nsoungani (13), Baily Cook (14) and Charlotte Timms (15). The team had some ups and downs through the game but still came out with a 5 point win.

In the first quarter both teams had almost equal scores. Alice dominated the entire quarter for the hatters scoring all but 6 of the 15 points in the 10 minutes of play. That accompanied with some amazing defence and rebounding from Charlotte and Tatiana and structured offence led to the Sheffield girls leading by 2 points at the end of the first.

The second quarter saw hatters pull away from the opposition and storm in front with some awesome shots from Lauren and Ashante watching the main threat Ava. The two worked as a team to immobilize the key player and score plenty of baskets giving the hatters an 8 point lead at the halfway point.

When Leeds began to pull back in the third the hatters began to panic and lose their edge but this was soon sorted out by their coach and the girls once again leaped in to action opening the gap once again with all the players adding to the total and some great steals and drives from Charlotte and Zoe. The Quarter ended Hatters 52 Leeds 41.

The fourth quarter was a nail-biting episode for the Hatters and their supporters as Leeds came back to two points behind. But the girls then kicked it up a notch and pulled away again. This carried on throughout the quarter and everyone was on the edge of their seat until the final 2 minutes as the Sheffield team pulled ahead and stormed to victory with Ashante scoring layup after layup. The match finally ended and the final score was Hatters 64 – Force 59. The top scorer for the hatters this game was Lauren Knowles with 14 points but Ashante wasn’t far behind with 13.

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