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City of Sheffield Hatters U14 Girls warmed up for this week’s play offs with runners up spot in a tournament in Ireland.

The girls played in the five-team Mary Frisby tournament in Waterford and got off to a bad start with a nervous defeat against the hosts.

However, successive wins against three other local teams took them to the final against Waterford Wildcats. Despite losing a player through injury, Hatters showed they’d got to grips with the physical Irish style of play by matching the Wildcats.

The lead changed hands several times before the Hatters succumbed to a narrow defeat in the final few minutes of a bruising encounter.

The following day some of the U14s teamed up with a selection of U16s and U18s girls to take on a select side from Liffey Celtics in Dublin and ran out 49-45 winners in an evenly matched encounter.

Hatters U14 face Haringey Angels in London tomorrow bidding to reach the National League Final Fours.

* Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters were pipped 94-93 by Waterford Wildcats in their President’s Game.

The Hatters came back from 16 points down to lead by ten points by the end of the third quarter but the Wildcats prevailed in the end.

The top performers for the Hatters was Stephanie Gandy with 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Helen Naylor with 21 points,eight rebounds, and six assists. Kisha Lee added 13 points.

Next the Hatters prepare to take on the Cardiff Archers on Sunday in hopes to finish out the second half of the season on a high note before the play-offs.