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Tough weekend for Wolves

A TOUGH weekend for Wolves’ juniors saw the only the under-16 girls pick up a National League victory, while the under-16 boys development side collected a pair of wins in the new Herts Central Venue League.

Caitlin Ryan led the way with 19 points, eight rebounds, six steals and six assists for the girls as they overcame another slow start to beat CoLA Southwark Pride 69-37 on Sunday.

Tor Freeman’s side edged a turgid first period 13-8 before extending the lead to 29-21 at half-time. A dominant 23-6 third period effectively ended things as the hosts took a 52-27 lead into the final period, and they outscored the visitors 17-10 to wrap up the win.

Joanna Akpan added 12 points with Ella Brown chipping in with 12 as nine Wolves got on the scoresheet.

The first day of action in the under-16 development league Wolves are organising saw the two comfortable wins as North Herts Warriors were beaten 59-40 before a 64-42 victory against East Herts Royals. Wolves’ under-14s found the competition against older players too much with two heavy losses and the club will now look for different opposition for them to play.

Things were tougher for the club’s two under-14 sides, who suffered contrasting losses against Brentwood Fire.

The girls travelled to Essex and were edged out 40-39, with Kaiya Bateman leading the way on 11 points.

The visitors trailed 10-8 at the first break and went into the locker room 26-23 down at half-time. The deficit grew to 31-26 after a low-scoring third period before Wolves stormed back in the fourth period before coming up just short as they failed to take a shot with a few seconds left on the clock.

Malia Lawal and Lila Birthwisle added eight points apiece for the Wolves.

The following day saw the boys hammered 90-27 at home by Fire, despite 13 points, three rebounds, and two steals from Jayden Harry.

After scoring the opening two points it proved to be a long afternoon for Ibrahim Gariba’s side as they went into the first break 26-5 down and trailed 49-12 down. A tight third period saw the lead edge up to 59-21 before Fire blitzed the hosts 31-6 to complete the win.

A trip to north London ended with a 95-63 loss for the under-16 boys against Haringey Hawks.

The visitors trailed 26-18 at the first break and were 43-31 down at half-time. A 33-14 third period ended the game as a contest before Hawks wrapped things up with a 19-18 final stanza.

Simon Patasin again led Wolves, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, while Ethan Downing added 17 points.

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