U16 WOMEN NATIONAL LEAGUE DIV.1
The Crags, Edinburgh
POLONIA PHOENIX vs SWL
After four practice sessions together, the U16 Women had their first competitive game of the year on Sunday 19th January at The Crags against Polonia Phoenix.
Led in the warm-up by Javi Ramos, the girls looked prepared and focused on the task ahead.
From the tip-off our young women started strong, making an 0-10 run which forced the Phoenix coach into his first time-out of the game. This was due to great front court pressure defence from Laura Baxter, Leah Stewart and Lauren Forde. With this combination of pressure defence and ‘free’ flowing offence, SWL continued to rack up the points and finished the first quarter up by 20 points.
Into the 2nd quarter and we continued to play great team basketball, with Katie Young and Rachel Wallace causing all sorts of problems inside for the Edinburgh team.
With the Scots trapping on every screen, Polonia struggled to make good passes and this forced them into turnovers. However the home team changed their style of play and managed to break free from the double teams. This then allowed them to attack our basket more. This would have given them some hope, however, one player stood in their way, Helen Walker who was playing great help defence and this put a stop to the home team scoring. The addition of Erynn Legge and Mili Bolatiki put even more pressure on the opposing guards, as they couldn’t contain the shooting or the drives coming from the bench. Score at Half-time 12-40.
Start of the 3rd quarter and our girls showed that they had even more players that could cause some damage to the opposing team. By this point in the game, everyone had touched the floor and made some sort of contribution. During this period of play, Ruth Allison took over at the point guard position and made life difficult for Phoenix. Emma Sykes was also a great threat to the home players, who couldn’t contain her strong fastbreak situations.
Into the final quarter of the game and although our girls were tired from the game speed, they still continued to work hard for each other. The last thing that Polonia would have wanted to face was the defensive hustle from Beth Kean. Her pressure on guards forced turnovers which seemed to leave the home players. To finish the game off, a strong drive from Roko Bolaitiki resulted in two points, ensuring her personal season-high in Div.1
Final score: Polonia Phoenix 24-92 Stirling West Lothian
After a great 2014 start, our girls will be looking to improve before they embark on a gruelling schedule with regular season and playoffs.
Next step, Friday 24th January 7:50 PM at Armadale Academy