Basketball - Huskies Lack Bite In Attack
9:40am 20th October 2014
Following a narrow loss in their opening game of the season Weymouth Huskies were keen to put things right in their meeting with new team Plymouth Raiders in the Exeter District Womens Basketball league. Sadly for the Weymouth team it was a case of deja-vu as the chance to win a closely contested game slipped away from them.
With Laura Bucke away at university, coach Andy Blackwood threw the relatively inexperienced Nicola Powell into the starting line-up and was rewarded when she scored one of the Huskies opening baskets. In a tight low scoring first quarter the Raiders held a narrow 8-6 lead. In the second quarter Plymouth’s Danielle Caulwell was proving to be their main scoring threat. She hit a long-range 3-point shot to extend the lead, only for Jayne Guppy and Rebecca Kimber to hit back with two baskets each for the Huskies. As in the first game Weymouth’s Carly Lawes was able to use her speed on attack to draw several fouls but was then unable to convert many of the foul shots into points. The first half ended with the Huskies leading 18-17.
The third quarter continued in a similar vein with the lead changing hands several times. Agata Sikora joined in with the scoring for Huskies and, with two minutes left in the quarter, the Weymouth team led 25-23. However three unanswered baskets just before the end allowed the Raiders to lead 29-25 going into the last period.
Back came the Huskies once more to tie the game at 29-29 early in the fourth quarter. Carly Lawes was continuing to draw fouls from the Plymouth defence and, when Caulwell had to leave the game with her fifth foul, it looked as though the balance had shifted towards the Weymouth team. Unfortunately missed foul shots once again proved costly as the Huskies failed to take advantage. At the other end of the court the Raiders were proving more effective as they made a pair of foul shots and then, in her only scoring contribution in the whole game, Crystal Pering made a decisive 3-point shot with three minutes of the game left. Trailing by nine points Huskies were forced to use an aggressive full court pressure defence which proved effective and denied the Raiders any more scores. Huskies were able to add five more points but, as other chances went begging, they were unable to complete the comeback.
After the game Huskies’ new Australian recruit Rebecca Kimber said “Once again we worked really hard and no-one can be faulted for their effort. Our offence is beginning to look more effective and we created lots of good open chances – we just weren’t able to finish enough of them. I feel we played better overall tonight than last week and it’s not going to be too long before things click into place.”
Huskies MVP: Carly Lawes
Scorers/Roster: Rebecca Kimber 15 pts Jayne Guppy 10 Carly Lawes 5 Nicola Powell 2 Agata Sikora 2 Jo Telfer Rosie Moore Anna Goulding