Dreams of a third successive WBBL Trophy triumph ended in a shock semi-final defeat for Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Opponents Sevenoaks Suns reached their first ever WBBL final with an 82-67 win at All Saints.
Suns made the most of a rapid-fire start which laid the foundation for a famous success. Great Britain’s Helen Naylor and forward Brittany Winborne combined for 38 points, but it wasn’t enough for the holders.
Hatters 67 (10,26,38) (Winborne 20, Naylor 18, Gandy 11)
Sevenoaks 82 (18,37,55) (Carr 28, Lozzi 14 , Nikitinaite 13)
Hatters will be bidding for revenge tomorrow when Sevenoaks again visit All Saints, this time in the Championship (3pm).
Consolation for the club was that the Yorkshire League, Under-16s and Under14s teams all won.
The most exciting was the U16s, pictured above, who won by just a point in overtime. The full time score was 46-46, Hatters winning in overtime 52-51.
U16s coach Mick Allen said: “Well done to the girls, they never gave up and kept fighting to the end.”
Following funding from the This Girl Can campaign Hatters are starting sessions for girls 11 and over for anyone wanting to take up the sport.
They are at All Saints Sports Centre on Thursdays 5-6.30pm and it’s £3.50 per session.
All girls are welcome. The club are particularly keen to increase numbers in the U14 squad.
* Hatters veteran still playing at 40 - See Sports Retro free with The Star on Monday.