The Wolves have finally returned to the Scottish National League this season with the Cadette team competing in the Scottish National League Division 2. Before any league games have been played the girls were matched up against Beacon in the Scottish Cup on Sunday 7th October. The girls have been training hard over the last couple of months and have added a number of good players to round off the squad.
This game was a big step up for the girls as a number of the squad are actually still u14s players, however they will be playing in both u14 and cadette squads this year. Despite the youth of the squad the girls played a very good game on both ends of the floor. The Wolves led throughout and got big contributions from a number of players. The majority of the scoring came from Leah Stewart and Abbie Cronin, however Gayatri Vijapurkar, Rachel Wallace and Cara McKwoen pulled down a number of important defensive rebounds. Gayatri constantly reached up for offensive rebounds, but did not capitalise with scored baskets. Team defense was also very important with everybody contributing on the defensive end.
Abbie Cronin did a great job at the point guard position bringing the ball up under pressure time and again. Although the Wolves were in the lead for the whole game Beacon made a couple of runs at different points to keep the game within reach. Beacon put on a full court press to end the second quarter and were able to score 6 unanswered points to bring the Wolves lead to a managable 6 points at the half.
The Wolves came out strong on the second half and again stretched the lead into double figures. At times the Wolves played lovely team basketball. One play saw Leah Stewart pull down a rebound and deliver a lovely out let pass to Rachel Wallace, who took a couple of strong dribbles to the middle of the court before making a lovely pass to Abbie Cronin for the lay-up.
The Wolves ran out eventual winner with a scoreline of 56-43. Coach Steph said after the game, 'I am really happy with the girls today, they played really well and stepped up in order to compete in the game. There are loads of areas for us to improve, which we will be working on over the coming weeks.'
Well done Wolves. Keep working hard!!!!!