City of Sheffield Hatters vs Tameside Royals U14s
The Hatters suffered a hard fought loss against Tameside royals away on 4th December. The team consisted of: Abbey Whitehouse (4), Alice Fallon (5), Zoe Kateregga (6), Vanessa Chinyere-Oji (8), Jess Morey (9), Stephanie Oliver (10), Morgan Peach (11), Laetitia Kasongo (12), Charlotte Timms (13) and Maizie Melady (15).
In the first quarter the teams were neck and neck as Tameside began the scoring in the first minute but found that the hatters wouldn’t allow them any more easy shots. With both teams playing hard defence and some rushed offences here and there Tameside began to pull ahead until the Sheffield girls corrected that and came back. Winning the quarter Hatters 12 – Tameside 10.
During the second quarter the Sheffield team began to slip giving more turnovers to the Royals and falling a bit behind the opposing team. This gave the Tameside team some more chances to shoot as they began to attempt to get past the tough defence the Hatters had been playing so far today. The half ended Hatters 22 – Tameside 29.
The third quarter saw the Hatters pull back from their slump and begin to correct their recent mistakes as they started to pull in front of the home team. And with some skilled dribbling by Zoe the hatters got ahead of the Royals in the fourth minute. However due to some unfortunate turnovers the quarter ended Tameside 43 – Hatters 38.
By the fourth quarter the game was still not decided as it became a too and fro between the two teams with both of them pulling out all the stops to emerge victorious of this close game. The Hatters were beginning to edge ahead of Tameside but due to some blocking fouls the home team scored a single free throw that allowed them to pull one point in front. Even though the Hatters fought tooth and nail for the win but unfortunately the game ended Tameside 51 – Hatters 50.
The top scorer for the hatters this game was Zoe Kateregga with 18 points but not far behind was Abbey Whitehouse with 14 points.
Match report by Charlotte Timms