Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters have won the EBL Women’s Division One League for the 19th time.
Hatters sealed the title in their scrappy 98-83 victory over Nottingham Wildcats.
They had to come back from behind as they finished the first quarter down 21-16. But they picked up their defensive intensity and rebounding which allowed them to take the lead, and they stayed ahead for the remainder of the game despite a great effort by Wildcats.
Leading scorer for Hatters was Stephanie Gandy with an impressive 27 points, Helen Naylor scoring 20 and Kisha Lee and Tatianna Thomas both adding 11.
Top scorers for Wildcats were Ritchie 38, Scannel 17, and Bicane 10s.
There are still more league games to come and Hatters’ next fixture is at Loughborough Riders on March 22 ( 3:30pm).
* In the Yorkshire League Sheffield derby Sheffield Gems scored an impressive 48-18 victory over Hatters with a fine defensive performance. Gems led 17–5 after the first quarter, 29-10 at half-time and 38–16 after the third quarter.
Gems were were well led by Sheleena Richardson and had good performances from youngsters Megan Kelly, Lucy Alexander and Geihan Abdullah.
Scorers: Laura Lee 12, Bella Becker 9, Sandy Armstrong 8, Kate Loftus 7, Kim Hinchcliffe 4, Marissa McKane 4, Sophie Hopkinson 2, Hazel Davidson 2
* Killamarsh Arrows pipped highly-rated Brixton Top Cats 75-73.
Arrows once again showed their nerve in the clutch as Andre Rankine made a shot to put the Arrows ahead inside the last 20 seconds by 1 before a Darren Best rebound and subsequent free throw iced the game with a second to go. This was the Arrows seventh victory overall - all by seven points or less - with this victory score of 75 – 73.
Arrows, again struggling with injuries, gave an opportunity to 15-year-old Ross Walcott, who produced two clever baskets in the first half to further underline his potential.
Scorers: Best 26, Akin – Lisk Carew 20, Rankine 15, Kelly 8, Walcott 4, Spare 2