City of Sheffield Hatters played against Tameside Royals on January the tenth. The game ended with the scores Hatters 46-57 Tameside. The 11 player team consisted of: Abby Whitehouse, Alice Fallon, Zoe Kateregga, Lauren Knowles, Jess Morey, Ella Whitehouse, Ashante Richards, Maise Palmer, and Letitia Kasongo, Charlotte Timms and Tatiana Nsoungani. The entire team put in their best efforts and came out with another boatload of experience and another game to their tally.
In the first quarter the hatters got off to a bad start conceding two baskets early on in the quarter but soon bounced back due to some great shots from Ashante and offensive and defensive rebounds Tatiana. The starting five for this game were Ashante, Lauren, Zoe, Charlotte and Tatiana. The quarter ended Tameside 16 Hatters 9.
The second quarter saw a change in the Hatters strategy as a well organised ‘Press Break came into use to defeat Tameside’s infamous full court defence. All players put their all into this and soon forced the royals into half-court defence due to the amount of lay-ups and successful fast breaks. The score at half time was 33-25 to Tameside.
After half-time the hatters began to lose their cool with constant missed shots and fouls from various players in the team. But after a serious time out from the coach they regained their form in time to stop Tameside gaining a lead that they couldn’t beat. The ending score for this quarter was 51-31 to Tameside.
During the fourth quarter the hatters gained a tremendous amount of points playing the best they did all game. Zoe was organising offences and all players helped each other on fast breaks earning the Hatters even more points. In the last three minutes the Sheffield team manage to reduce their loss from 22 points to a mere 11. Thus ending their toughest and most physical game of the season so far.
Coach Sue Bettesworth said “I am disappointed with the loss I would have loved to see our team win but I am also happy with the rate at which the players are improving.” The top scorer for this game was Ashante Richards with 17 points and not far behind was Lauren with 12 points.