City of Sheffield Hatters vs Tameside Royals
The Hatters stormed to victory against rivals Tameside at home on Saturday 11th March. The winning team consisted of: Abbey Whitehouse (4), Alice Fallon (5), Zoe Kateregga (6), Maizie Melady (7), Jess Morey (8), Esmee Mortimer (9), Gianah Modest (10), Vanessa Chinyere-Oji (11), Laetitia Kasongo (12), Charlotte Timms (13), Steph Oliver (14) and Morgan Peach (15).
The game began in favour of the Hatters with Laetitia scoring the first points of the game showing beginning the intensity that would carry on throughout the game. Both teams battled it out seeming to be on equal ground however the Hatters began to pull in front rather quickly leaving the Royals in the dust with a brilliant 8 point lead over the opposition. Tameside attempted to pull back but an amazing three point shot from Morgan left them rather downhearted as the quarter ended Sheffield 15 – Tameside 13.
The second quarter was once again a battle of attrition, who could keep their temper and head the longest in this close quarters brawl. But with the Hatters dominating the boards and the best player in the opposition fouled out already with a technical foul it seemed the Sheffield girls were the winners of that battle. And with Abbey forcing the Tameside girls to foul the Hatters pulled further in front eventually ending the quarter Hatters 34 – Royals 29.
In the third quarter it was once again a back and forth game between the two teams with the Hatters pulling in front and the Royals catching up repeatedly until the gap between the teams began to slowly widen as the Hatters found their rhythm. They began to play much tougher defence forcing the opposition to make more forced shots rather than their proffered layups or their (just outside of the key) jump shots. This caused the quarter to end Sheffield 46 – Tameside 36.
By the fourth quarter the winner was certain as the hatters once again dominated the boards for the rebounds and began to master breaking out of the signature full court press of the Royals. The home team seemed to fall into a small slump in the middle of the quarter however with the end of the game insight and a quick talk from the coach, the Sheffield girls began to make the game go at their pace and run the clock down with some easy basket following structured offence. Eventually the game ended Hatters 66 – Royals 46.
The top scorer for the hatters this game was Zoe Kateregga with 14 points but not too far behind were Charlotte Timms and Abbey Whitehouse with 10 points each.
Match Report by Charlotte Timms