Although we are a couple of months into the season and the cadette's are right in the middle of their season I thought it would be nice to recap the young ladies pre-season games. Game reports will follow more regularly for this and all other age groups. Lets get started then!!!
Beacon Basketball Club
Jesmond Centre, Aberdeen
U16 Women Friendly
Scoring by Quarters:
(13-9, 10-16, 8-23, 18-14)
Beacon 49-62 SWL
First pre-season game for the new SWL U16 Team vs a Division 2 squad (Beacon BC).
The Stirling/West Lothian squad played a deep 14 player rotation in order to everyone playing time, to try to mix the players up and try different combinations.
Slow first half in defensive transition with too many turnovers. This was a typical pre-season game which allowed the coaches to pick up lots of things to improve on when in our Aberdeen Camp.
Leah Stewart (16 points & 12 rebounds)
Rachel Wallace, strong defensive help
Mili Bolatiki, ball pressure and fast break speed.
9/15/2013 13:20:00Arbroath Sports Centre U16 Women - Friendly
Score by Quarter (19-14, 18-15, 10-17, 26-20)
Tayside 73-66 SWL
This was the second pre-season game for the SWL squad and the first one vs a Division 1 team.
The match was played at an extremely fast pace where we realized how tough National League Div.1 would be. The Musketeers clearly out rebounded us, but our perimeter players never stopped producing points.
Our team continuously put pressure on the ball forcing turnovers, which is definitely the way we want to play.
Leah Stewart (25 points & 5 assists)
Rachel Wallace (4 points & 12 rebounds)
Both new Wolves players, Forde and Legge, step by step are becoming part of the team and are improving in the right way
Wallace High School, U16 Women - Friendly
Score by Quarter (10-14, 17-8, 15-8, 17-15)
SWL 59-45 Stirling University
This game was a big challenge due to playing against a senior team. We worked hard to enforce our identity playing constantly with quick offence. Knowing that the rebounding war was lost due to physicality of the older and stronger players in the Stirling Team, we tried to work hard on 2v1 situations to stop Stirling attacking us from the posts. We pushed the ball well and managed to score 34 points on offensive transition and fast breaks.
Lauren Forde (19 points & 7 assists)
Roko Bolatiki (6 points & 7 steals)
Laura Baxter perfomance was superb providing the team with the right rhythm during the game.
City of Edinburgh KoolKats
Portobello High School, U16 Women - Friendly
Score by Quarter (12-22, 15-6, 6-18, 7-6)
Edinburgh KoolKats 40-53 SWL
This was our last friendly before the official competition starts. It was great to see that even In a legendary venue like Portobello our girls played their best game of the pre-season. After a great first quarter scoring over 50% of our shots, Kats blocked our offense and at halftime the game was totally open again, 27-28. We were able to find the right tempo in the second half which allowed us to eliminate the Kats biggest threat, their inside players.
Lauren Forde (21 points, 16 rebounds)
Laura Baxter (6 points, 5 assists)
Erynn Legge was the best defender of the game, who shut down the perimeter players for the Kats, great match for her.
On Monday 11 November, Wolves were up against Dunfermline in the Lothian League. Over the years the games between these two sides have always been close with the fight for the win lasting right up until the final whistle and this was no exception.
In the first quarter it was Dunfermline who were the dominant side. Wolves whilst running the plays struggled to find the net. It was V.Wigham, who finally put the Wolves first 2 points on the board with more than 5 minutes gone on the clock. Those were the only points for Wolves in the quarter, Dunfermline meanwhile had 10.
After the break the Wolves rallied and came out strong. A few nice looks inside saw L.McGill capitalise on opportunities to get the momentum going and with good defence at the other end it was soon 11 pts each. It was largely tit-for-tat for the rest of the quarter before a couple of 3 pointers saw Dunfermline edge forward, making it 16 - 21.
Going into the 3rd, both teams were very much still in the game. Wolves continued to run their plays and with a strong team effort they evened the score once more.
With it all tied up it at 31 going into the 4th it was anyone's game and both sides were eager for the win. Both teams hustled hard but it was the Wolves who began to stretch ahead. It became a physical quarter and soon each team was in foul trouble. Wolves were 3 pts ahead in the final minute, and 2 free throws from N.Marshall made it 5. Dunfermline responded and with a foul on the way to the hoop the gap was soon closed to 2. Dunfermline stepped up the pressure with a full court press but a foul saw F.Trostler-Speedie head to the line to sink another 2 points for Wolves. With a few seconds left Dunfermline secured another basket. Pressure mounting, Wolves held on to the ball as the clock counted down bringing this tense game to a close. Game finished 49-47.
It was a great team effort which saw the Wolves secure another win. Top scorers were N.Marshall with 11 points, and E.Stewart with 10.
Let's Go Wolves!
West Lothian wolves u16/u18's played their RDL fixtures today after only 2 training sessions together. With only 5 players the day was going to be tough.Game 1
West Lothian Wolves Vs Boroughmuir Blaze.Wolves started out strong with a few good transition offences which helped us to a quick lead. As the game progressed into late second quarter with a fresh blaze 5 the wolves kept battling hard on defence despite being tired. The offence wasn't pretty but the ball was going in the net. Since the boys played tight man defence this frustrated the Blaze and forced tough shots. The score at the end of the first half was 27-18 to the wolf pack. As the second half kicked off blaze started to dominate in offence. The Wolves settled down and were still able to maintain that crucial lead. Entering the fourth quarter the Wolves began to seriously fatigue and mistakes started to occur but the wolves held on to a comfortable lead and won the game 49-37. Great result after only 2 training sessions together.Game 2
West Lothian Wolves Vs Stirling knights A great rivalry and what was going to pan out to be a cracking game. Again the Wolves only had 5 players, however with an hours break before tip of game 2 the young men looked rested and ready to play. The wolves started strong and scored 2 quick baskets, however the West Lothian side were put under great stress due to fast offences by the knights (ran by a former wolves player George Darosa) . The boys started to play with a slower tempo due to the long game ahead. Controlled offences lead to good opportunities that were unsuccessful.The boys stuck in and were down 4 at the end of the first 10-6 to the Knights. The second quarter began and the wolves were raring to go. A few silly turnovers led to a few fast breaks by the knights that were blocked by an outstanding duo of Jordan Pullar and Thomas McKeon on defence. Great communication leading to successful turnovers/blocks. The Wolves pushed hard and with a few steals from Ryan Lynch and a successful number of layups from Ross Fraser the wolves started to push the Stirling defence, eventually taking the lead. With a few gaps in defence due to the wolves being tired the Knights got the ball inside but on two occasions Mark Peacock was able to keep their post player out the key and steal the ball on 3 successive plays. The Wolves had a remarkable 2nd quarter and went into the half with a 22-10 at half time lead. Not conceding a single point in the second quarter!The competition started to heat up in the second half with both coaches and teams became more enthusiastic and competitive. With the Knights confidence low and the team frustrated the Wolves were able to force some turnovers and get some easy baskets, which allowed the West Lothian side to maintain a small lead going into the fourth quarter. The last quarter was a nervous one for the Wolves who had two players in foul trouble, Jordan Pullar and Ross Fraser both had 3 fouls. The Wolves began the quarter weak and a few baskets were scored by Knights brought the game to within five points. With 1 minute 30 seconds to go the wolves were up two. Jordan Pullar stepped up heroically and scored a three pointer that put the Wolves up by five points again. However on the next possession Jordan picked up his 5th foul with 1:10 remaining. The Wolves were up five points with only 4 players and just over a minute of game time left, could they hang on for the victory? The Knights began to pressure the Wolves, trying to get their opponents to make a mistake. The Wolves just settled down and worked hard to keep possession as much as possible and managed to scratch out the improbable win. Awesome defence and great performance by the guys with a well deserved victory!!!
Wolves 35-30 knightsLet's go wolves!!!!
The wee wolves girls continue to prove that they can both entertain the crowd and get results at the same time.
Our great friends the Polonia phoenix had a great end to end joust and going down the stretch wolves had a single point advantage on Defence with 10 secs to spare.... Great defence and hustle made it hard for The Polonia starlet to get an easy shot and did just enough to ensure the shot was missed.
Superb team performance , Lulu scoring under pressure well, Coco playing the post well. And the irresistible JT draining baseline 10 footers like the rim was a hoopla hoop.
Our girls played the Phoenix B squad and proved too strong for this group. Coach Craig rightly gave lots of minutes to our newbies. This game was an excellent way to get those new to playing competitive matches an opportunity to get some much needed experience.
This team play flowing basketball and the girls love to shoot the ball. Every one plays with a smile on their face and can't wait to get back practicing
Go Wee Wolvettes !!!
The Under 12 boys got off to a fine start against the Kings. Coach Ed put his mark on the team going with a solid big 2 and fast back court. The Wolves raced off to an early lead off very efficient inside scoring from young Callum.
More of the same from a mirror image second quarter foursome with jack walker getting a number of good inside scores. For those of you new to RDL basketball each team must play a nominated 4 players for the first and second quarter and are then free to play who ever they wish in the second half of each game.
A very good win by 20+ points had the crowd in super expectant mode for the next match up , but Falkirk Fury were always going to be a tough foe.
A very strong and fast Fury stopped much of the Wee Wolves offence in the early stages of the second match, but some tough battling from our bigs stopped it being a rout. Ally Brown had some terrific scores under pressure (armed with his new birthday boots) and Cameron's fast breaks did help stretch the game. Jake's ability to keep the ball under pressure managed to frustrate the Fury , but we couldn't quite muster some good looks against a suffocating defence.
But the Furys strength and speed were too much and whilst the lead never became a rout we were well beaten.
Coach Ed was delighted with the progress of the boys from Week 1 and can't wait to get the boys back into the Gym to work on those lessons learned.
A great day out for the boys all in all, coming away with a one win one loss record for the d