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Hatters v Manchester Mystics – U16s

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7.11.2015 Manchester Mystics @home
Quarter 1- 13:13, Q2- 26:35, Q3- 40:46, Q4- 50:60

Points: Jess 6, Shauna 18, Esme, Iona, Catherine-5, Brigha 3, Tash 4, Ronnie and Shantz-2.
Free throws: 10/36 ie missed 62%
Iona scored the first basket of the game setting the team in a winning position and a fast start which was held for the first seven minutes of the quarter. Brigha , complete with a blue strapped arm, scored a 3 point shot on the buzzer to equalise the quarter.
Quarter 2-momentum was lost-loads of turnovers/ defence mistakes and defence communication was lacking. We lost our basics under pressure. Shauna and Iona , however, with some good moves to basket, helped to put Mystics on team fouls and provided us with more opportunities to go to the line. Unfortunately, only 3/8 extra shots were scored, making it hard work for everyone.
After Betty’s inspiring talk at half time, Hatters regained some ground particularly in the last 4 minutes of the quarter when we squared up to Mystics.
The fourth quarter was equally intense when the full court press was introduced by Hatters half way through the quarter and immediately created three easy baskets from steals. The Hatters hard work was clearly visible at the end again but it was too late to turn the game around.
Match report Esme CJ

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