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First victory for U-13 girls

A strong finish saw Wolves U-13 girls collect their first win of the campaign as they scored the final ten points in 36-26 success over Cambridge Cats

Wolves started well, taking a 6-2 lead into the first break but Cats cut the lead to 16-14 at half-time before extended their advantage to 26-22 going into the final quarter. Cats scored the opening two baskets of the final quarter to tie at the game at 26 heading into the last five minutes but a Lois Leventston basket sparked a 10-0 to seal the win with McLaughlin and Dominique Soma and each hitting two buckets.

Levenston and Sienna McLaughlin each finished with eight points, with Soma adding six for George Walker’s side.

Meanwhile the U-16 girls stayed top of NBL Premier South with a 86-38 hammering of visitors London Greenhouse Pioneers.

Amy Swinney led the scoring for the second week running, finishing with a season-high 27 points, adding six rebounds and four steals as Tor Freeman's side picked up their fifth straight league win. Stella Skipic-Piscitelli and Caitin Ryan both went close to the holy grail of a triple-double with the former getting 15 points, ten rebounds, eight assists and five steals and the latter finishing with 12 points, 15 boards, eight assists, seven steals and two blocks. Dalma Szigiti added ten points while Lillibelle-Giselle Harkness had eight points, five rebounds and five assists as all nine Wolves scored at least one basket.

Szigiti, Ryan and Swinney all scored as Wolves rushed into a 6-0 lead, and they stayed comfortably ahead to go into the first break 18-12 ahead.

The visitors had gone into the game without a win but they fought back to tie the score with a 6-0 run before Freeman brought the starters back into the game and a 22-1 tear, with Swinney hitting eight points, sent them into half-time with a 40-19 lead.

There was no way back for the London side after that as Wolves won the third period 27-15 before wrapping the victory with a 19-4 fourth quarter.

There was disappointment for the U-14 girls as the long trip to Norwich as they lost 55-43 at Norfolk Iceni.

Coach Ibrahim Gariba will want to work on his side’s free-throws as they converted only eight of their 35 trips to the foul line, and going six-from-20 in the first period saw them trail 19-10 at the first break.

Wolves chipped a point off that lead in the second quarter to trail 34-26 going into the locker room but a 15-6 third period put Iceni in the driving seat, and despite the visitors winning the final stanza 11-6 they had left themselves with too much to do.

In a game that saw three of Wolves’ starters foul out, Sophie Walsh led their scoring with 19 points, including ten in the second period. Yasmin Murphy added seven, Chloe Chang six and Erin Cavanagh five.

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