WINDSOR Foodservice Sheffield Hatters fought against the injury odds but came out second best, going down to an 85-64 defeat away at Ellesmere Port Panthers.
Playing without Lisa Hutchinson, Andrea Kagie and Ann Jamieson-Shaw through injury, as well as Kate Loftus who was playing for the junior side, Hatters began each quarter poorly but fought back strongly towards the end of each period.
Hatters team and scorers: Rebecca Brincat 18, Katie Crowley 17, Kristy Lavin 8, Kate Webb 6, Kim Hinchliffe 6, Sarah Winter 4, Joanne Cook 3, Anna Hay 2, Verity Warner.
Hatters have no game this coming weekend, which is set aside for national team training. The break will allow time for some of the injuries to clear up as Hatters look first of all to close the season out and then gear up towards the play-off championship which climaxes in a final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham at the start of May.
In National League Division Two, Hatters' second team had a morale-boosting 42-41 victory over league leaders Nottingham Wildcats at the English Institute of Sport.
Hatters team and scorers: Kate Webb 12, Kim Hinchliffe 13, Fiona Lawson 5, Stacey Kirk 4, Gail Hicks 4, Verity Warner 4, Katie Vaines, Anna Cass, Kelly Simcox, Lauren Underwood.
In the Junior Women's National League, Hatters went down to an 80-62 defeat to Spelthorne Acers at Ecclesfield School.
Hatters team and scorers: Kate Loftus 14, Stacey Kirk 12, Donna Smith 12, Lauren Underwood 10, Hannah Field 8, Hannah Ward 4, Kate Bancroft 2, Jenny Newton-Smith, Michel Campbell.
In the Cadet National League, Hatters defeated Tyne and Wear 67-47 at the EIS.
Hatters team and scorers: Jenny Smith 21, Charlotte Levitt 16, Hannah Field 10, Stephanie Kidder 9, Kate Bancroft 6, Jade Skelton 5, Grace Farrow, Amy Field.