Tip top Tip Tops
PUBLISHED: 12:55 22 November 2011
With just one week left to the winter break it was still Flamingos and Weather Girls making the running and still unbeaten in their respective divisions. All teams , however, managed to gain points – and the second division produced the first draw of the season!
OPG 44, Wasps 28
Flamingos 38, Uplowman 31
Bo-Peeps 27, Hi Q 24
League leaders Flamingos were given a close run for their points by Uplowman – but, with Rachel Burrows playing well, they were just too strong, despite fine play from Julie Heal.
OPG kept within four points of the leaders thanks to their victory over Wasps. With Hannah Lee playing well at GD for OPG they were 13-7 in front by quarter time. In the second period Nicky Field at GA for Wasps reduced the deficit so that at half way OPG were just 17-15 in front. The final two quarters belonged to OPG as they asserted control over Wasps and they ended the night with a 44-28 win.
Bo-Peeps and Hi Q had a close first quarter with Hi Q edging it by 7-6, before Bo-Peeps moved in front to lead 21-15 going into the final session. With Stacey Salter playing well for Hi Q, and Jodie Potter in good form for Bo-Peeps, the contest was nip and tuck in the final quarter, but with the Peeps hanging on to win by 27-24, leaving Hi Q still looking for that elusive first win.
Weather Girls 33, Howden Hawks 20
Tip Top Trees 43, Sidmouth Toucans 26
JD Tyres 32, NAS 32
Weather Girls were hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record - the first quarter was close with the Girls leading the Hawks by 8-4but they pulled away to lead throughout. Despite some really good play again from Jess McKinnon for Hawks the weather Girls, for whom Jo Robbins played well, finished winners by 33-20.
The young and improving Tip Top Trees side met Sidmouth Toucans for the second time, and for the second time they took the three points from their match.
Trees moved the ball quickly around the court and after a close first two quarters they have much the better of the third period to start the final period 33-19 up. The game ended with a 43-26 win for 3Ts to take them 4 points clear of Hawks but still 5 points adrift of Weather Girls. Jenny Robinson had a splendid game for 3Ts at WD, whilst Kristy Platt once more showed great skill in attack for the Toucans.
As in division one it was the bottom two sides in division two who had the last game of the night – with JD Tyres meeting NAS, and with NAS still looking for their first win. The first quarter went to JD as they edged NAS 9-7. With Anna Hoondert doing well at WA it was NAS who took the second period to lead 18-14 at half way. The third period was goal for goal but NAS just stole a late goal to lead 27-22 and their first win of the campaign looked to be on the cards. JD Tyres refused to give in and kept battling to the end and with Dana Proctor shooting well they clawed their way back to equalise with the last play of the game – 32-32!
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