Basingstoke 2 vs Clyde
The first match of the summer league was a great opportunity for Basingstoke Second's to show off yet another new-line up, and wash off the disappointment from what proved to be a very tough Winter Season. After watching the First team dominate their summer league opening match to win 55-33, the expectations were set even higher, especially for new captain Kayleigh.
The match got off to a strong start, with Basingstoke taking the first few goals with some excellent shooting from Nat and Sue. With Basingstoke setting the pace of the game, a strong defence from Teresa, Jen C and Michelle saw opposing team Clyde struggle to keep up the score. With a few suggestions from the opposition that we were taking it a bit too seriously, the team was buzzing to extend our lead for the rest of the match!
Moving into the second quarter things became a bit more hectic, with Basingstoke struggling to hold a steady pace and allowing Clyde to start closing the goal difference. With 'footwork' and 'contact' being called all over the court the girls struggled to keep solid possession of the ball, but with great movement in the circle still managed to get those all important goals.
The slightly hap-hazard play calmed down for the third quarter with Kayleigh taking the Centre position and successfully slowing the pace of the game. Jen L joined the team and along with first timer Grace provided a strong defence with some great movement down the court, helping to boost the goal difference to 24-15 by the end of the quarter.
By the final quarter, the line-up seemed to be working well with some great movement into and around the circle from Siobhan, Nat, Kayleigh and Leanne. Despite a few weaker passes and some questionable footwork, Stoke managed to keep possession and increase the goal difference to give a final score of 30-20.
Overall a great game and hopefully the first of many wins in the summer league!
Final Score: 30-20
Post written by Leanne Longhurst
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