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U-14 girls win Ipswich thriller

Wolves under-14 girls hung on to defeat Ipswich 41-39 and keep their East Division title hopes alive.

Emerson Westerby's team started well, leading 9-2 early in the game before being pegged back to 11-9 at the first break. That advantage was stretched to 25-19 going into the half-time break before the visitors fought back to tie the game at 31 heading into the final period. Wolves were up by four going into the last two minutes and although Ipswich halved that lead, the hosts held on to take the win.

Darcy Macrae led Wolves with 15 points with Paris Tyson adding ten and Maliya Lawal six.

That game gave Wolves revenge against Ipswich as the U-14 boys had gone down 78-65 in Suffolk on Saturday.

A game that saw probably the most ever travel violations called on a very slippy court. Early foul trouble fsaw Kim Robinson pick up three fouls but a strong first quarter ended with a narrow 17/14 lead

By the half the hosts were 35-32 up as the fouls kept mounting up for Wolves and Ipswich extended the lead to 57-46 at the end of the third quarter before Wolves lost Robinson, Dusan Crompton and and Leo Milea all on five fouls in final stanza.

Crompton top scored with an impressive 16 points and earned a double-double pulling down 15 rebounds despite taking one blow to the head and an elbow in the face. Jayden Harry finished with 13 points and five assists while Jayan Pisharody added 12 points and nine rebounds in a game that went away from the Wolves due to the foul trouble but a valiant effort by the visitors.

In contrast, the under-16 girls had a disastrous day at CoLA Southwark Pride as they went down 29-26 In a game plagued with foul calls and a referee who refused to allow the visitors to play zone defence in the fourth period, Wolves were level at 6-6 after one quarter and went into the locker room trailing 17-16. The visitors edged the third period to lead 24-23 at the final break but then went nine minutes without troubling the scorer and missed an incredible 17 straight free-throws as Pride hung on for the win.

Caitlin Ryan led the scoring with six despite fouling out three minutes into the second half, adding five rebounds. Joanna Akpan and Mila Skipic-Piscitalli each had four points and six boards, with the former adding three steals.

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