The Wolves Ladies were in action on Monday night against the MidLothian Saints. It was the Wolves' 3rd game against Saints having visited them in the Chairman's Cup and again earlier in the league. Having been defeated twice, by relatively small margins, the Wolves were out for a win.
It was a positive start for the Wolves who ran the plays well and kept the pressure on Saints. By the end of the first quarter it was all tied up at 11-points each. Building on their strong start, the Wolves came out fighting in the 2nd quarter and convincingly took the lead. By half time the Wolves were winning 27 - 18.
Going into the 3rd quarter both teams kept the pressure on and showed strong defence, however it was Saints who came off better, closing the gap to 5-points. In the 4th quarter it was all or nothing for both teams. After a scoring lull, the Wolves again started to find their shots but Saints responded with a couple of 3-pointers in quick succession which closed the gap to 2. Within the final 30 seconds of the game, both teams called a timeout to take advantage of the floor positioning. Neither team were able to take advantage of this and the ball changed ownership time and again, bringing the game to a nail-biting close. As neither team scored in the dying seconds the Wolves managed to hold on to their lead winning 42 - 40.
It was a great team effort, both on and off the court, which secured the Wolves their second win moving them from the position at the bottom of the league table. Top scorer was K.McGowan with 14-points.
Let's Go Wolves!
The Senior Women have had a number of games in recent weeks. On Monday 5 March they visited Saints, and the following night took on Polonia Phoenix.
Saints vs Wolves (Senior Women) 5/3/12
It was a fair start for the Wolves with the Saints only just edging the lead (2-points) by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Saints opened the gap and the Wolves struggled to close down and respond to a strong Saints team and by half time Saints had a 10-point lead. In the third and forth quarters the Wolves started to find their feet and run the plays, defence tightened and the Wolves started to put up some successful shots. With the Saints continuing to sink their shots it was too little too late to make a difference to the overall outcome. In future Wolves need to tighten up their passing and move the ball around the key quicker to make scoring opportunities.
Final score 54 – 37 to the Saints. S.Davidson was top scorer for the Wolves with 12 points
Polonia Phoenix vs Wolves (Senior Women) 6/3/12
After the game the night before, the Wolves had to shake off their tiredness, dig deep and get stuck into what they knew would be a tough game ahead. Polonia hit the ground running and took an early lead of ten points in the first quarter. The second quarter, points wise, was not any different for the Wolves however, they put up a strong defence and managed to keep the score down. It was a good team effort that saw them in the third quarter break through Polonia's defence to score 8 points. New plays were tried successfully and the Wolves did not hold back on effort. Polonia maximised on their strong team numbers and turned their scoring opportunities into points. Overall it was a good team effort by the Wolves which saw them double their points from their earlier game against Polonia.
Final score 62 - 33 to Polonia. K.McGowan was top scorer with 10 points.
More game reports coming soon!
Another Wolves player has been selected to play for Scotland in this summers international season. Rachel Wallace, who plays for the Wolves under 14 squad has been successful at the Scotland Trials held on Saturday 10th March. Rachel has been asked to train and play for the Scotland u13 squad this summer.
Rachel is part of the West Lothian Excellence in School Sports Programme. This is a local authority lead high performance sports programme for talented athletes in a range of sports. Rachel currently receives a basketball skills training session and a strength and conditioning session each week on top of her club training. All the additional training is in the early morning before the school day, which shows the dedication she has to improving her game, as well as the support of her family to get her out of bed and to practice early in the morning.
We will be following Rachel and the other Wolves players as they train and compete with the Scotland Squads over the summer.
Well done Rachel and good luck this summer
The Wolves Senior Men division 1 have been having a fantastic season and have been pushing for the top spot in the League over the last couple of weeks. However the men's chances of winning the league have slipped over the last couple of weeks with losses to both the Edinburgh Lions and the Edinburgh Kings. The Wolves had their second busy weekend in a row with two games, starting on Satursday 10th March with a league match up against the Edinburgh Kings. In the first match up the Wolves were beaten by 2 points in a frustrationg loss. The Wolves were hoping to get the win in this game, showing their improvement as a team since the start of the season. The Wolves recent form has seen them use their trademark defence to stop opponents scoring and leading to double digit leads. Despite a strong start and good lead the Wolves repeated defensive mistakes and lack of a consistent offence lead to them losing the game by 19 points.
The men, however, did not have any time to huff at the loss as they were in action the next day in a Lothian Cup semi final match up against the Lions. The Wolves played the Lions the previous Sunday in a Lothian League match up and ended up losers by 4 points. This game would prove to be a revenge match for the match up and a chance to get some silverware this season. The game started with both teams looking tired and sluggish as both teams had games the previous day and the Lions took a 6-0 lead over the Wolves. The Wolves however learned their lessons from the previous game against the Lions and the previous game against the Kings and took control of the defensive rebounds and made sure the Lions were only taking difficult, contested shots. This allowed the Wolves back into the game and over the course of the game allowed to Wolves to assume control. The Wolves began to break the Lion's zone defense with quick passing and strong moves to the basket. The Lions came out with a full court press mid way through the second quarter, which seemed to upset the Wolves initially, however as the game went on the Wolves learned how to break the press, which lead to easy baskets for the Wolves. By the fourth quarter the Lions were exhausted, as they were trying to cover so much of the floor on defence, however the Wolves looked a bit fresher and started pushing the score upwards. The end result was a 60-37 win for the Wolves and a trip to the Lothian Cup finals against the Edinburgh Kings. This game will be played on the 31st March.
Good luck to the men with the rest of the season and for the cup game at the end of the month.
Last weekend William Wardrop was selected to represent Scotland in the under 14s category. This squad of 20 players will travel to Sweden during the summer.
Gayatri Vijapurkar was also named to the Scotland girls u12 squad.
Both players are currently training in the Excellence in School Sports Programme, which supports talented athletes with a view to helping them get into Scotland squads in a range of sports. They are training very hard and it looks as if the extra training and support is paying off.
Over the next couple of weeks Rachel Wallace, Leah Stewart and Abbie Cronin will be trialing for Scotland spots.
The Club is very proud of these athletes are wishes them all the best during the remainder of the trials and in their international campaigns.
The Wolves Senior Men Div 1 have another busy weekend of games, with a Lothian League match today against league rivals the Edinburgh Kings. Tomorrow the Wolves face off against the league leading Edinburgh Lions in the Lothian Cup. The Lions beat the Wolves last weekend by 4 points, so the Wolves will be out for revenge in this semi final match up.
Both the League and Cup are still up for grabs
The Wolves Ladies were in action on Monday night against the Edinburgh Kats. The Wolves were of high spirit following their win against Dunfermline and any thoughts the Kats had of an 'easy win' were quickly dispersed.
The game started with a composed Wolves team running the plays well and keeping the pressure on Kats to take the early lead. Great shooting by F.Troestler meant the first quarter ended with the Wolves up by 2 points. In the second quarter, the Kats made a number of 3-point shots to make up the defecit and take over the lead. Strong defense by the Wolves meant it remained a 2-point game going into half time, however it was in Kats favour with the score 20-22.
Going into the 3rd quarter the Wolves remained focussed and looked to recover the lead, keeping the pressure on Kats. Tempers were high and the Kats gave away 4 free-throws as a result of Technical Fouls made by both the coach and a player. Unfortunately the Wolves missed both sets of free throws and failed to take over the lead. The Wolves did win the quarter 13-12 bringing the score to within 1-point.
In the 4th quarter it was all or nothing and both teams looked to secure the win. Strong defense gave the Wolves a number of steals but they were unable to take advantage of several of them. The baskets they did make were equally retaliated by the Kats. The final quarter was a draw meaning the Kats retained the 1-point lead winning 39 - 40.
Although the Wolves didn't win the game it was a far cry from their earlier game against Kats, which saw Kats winning 61-38. It was a stong performance by the Wolves which they need to keep up & build on in order to secure further wins. Top scorer was F.Troestler with 15 points.