The City of Sheffield Hatters Women’s Basketball Club Under 14s started their play off weekend with a difficult match up against Manchester. Knowing how Manchester play they spent the 2 weeks leading up to the game preparing for what they were about to come up against. In the team talk before the game they were prepared and they knew that if they played the best team basketball that it was Hatters who would make it through to the final. They went into the game with only two things in mind first they wanted a big win and secondly they had to leave it all on the court…
First they decided to not push too much then after a team talk about if you want it you have to go and get it they decided that was it and pushed hard against Manchester. They had a massive height advantage against them with Emily Hobson making some great rebounds and looking to go back to basket strong, which was a great development for her. Finishing the semi final with a 20 point win over Manchester emotions were running high. Coach Rebecca Parker reviewed the game claiming, ’we had amazing team spirit, helped by the fact Shauna Harrison couldn’t be stopped offensively and also some amazing defensive work from Emma Cheetham. I felt we had achieved all we could of wanted to and we left the game leaving everything on the court’
Going into the final against Southend Swifts who had been unbeaten all season we knew that we had to work hard and that it was a different game to Manchester. Swifts were athletic and we couldn’t afford to be beaten on the fast break. Again Hatters started off slow and were taken a back a bit by the fact the Swifts were fast and very well drilled. It took something special to want to beat them.
Good team defence and some good drives and passes from Veronique Francis – Lewis and Iona McKerrow meant Hatters were always in the game. By end of the half the girls were very tired and they knew it was only one half until they could be champions. Coach Rebecca made some changes and Jess Southwell and Brigha Allen both playing some good basketball meant that the game was not over. The most outstanding player on court was Shauna Harrison she set plays up she battled on defence she made sure the team were playing as a team which intern mean the whole team wanted a massive win. The girls then managed to create a lead against Swifts of which they just kept of scoring.
After the game coach Rebecca parker was then awarded with the England Regional Coach Award for u13 age group as well as her winners medal. Shauna Harrison then getting MVP with 38 points
Shauna was then selected after the game to join the u15s development England squad which she will be up for selection for the tournament in Denmark.
Rebecca Parker after the tournament stated ‘I am so proud of all of the girls this weekend we have shown what talent we have and that hard work really does pay off. I would like to congratulate all of the girls in the win and being champions of the u14s girls and especially to Shauna on her hard work and determination to make the squad, her perseverance and efforts in training mean she has been able to push herself to the limit this year and I wish her the best in the trail.’