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WBBL success for girls

Oaklands Wolves U-12 girls swept all before them as they competed in a competition run by the Women's British Basketball League in Nottingham on Saturday.

Coached by George Walker, the young Wolves won all five games against teams from other WBBL clubs to collect the gold medals at Wildcats Arena.

Wolves made the perfect start to the tournament, which saw 15-minute running clock games, and with Martha Riley shooting well at the foul line, they defeated hosts Nottingham Wildcats 11-2.

The second game proved to be Wolves' tightest of the tournament, but with Francesca Scott's defence setting up Elisabeth Whittaker for lay-ups, Leicester Riders were beaten 11-3.

Game three proved to be one-way traffic as Ruby Meekings and Grace Betteridge caused Cardiff Archers all kinds of problems, and although Wolves too their full-court press off once they held a comfortable lead Lilly Gray's step back jumper completed a 23-3 victory.

The final group game saw Wolves face a Sheffield Hatters side who were also unbeaten in the group stage, but the most successful club in British basketball history had no answer to the Oaklands press as they struggled to inbound the ball. Some good jump shots from Taelyn Benn-Wright and Evie Garvin proved crucial but it was Wolves defence which stiffled the Yorkshire side as  Oaklands ran out 17-0 winners.

That proved to be a dress rehearsal for the final and after a lot of complaining from the Hatters coaching staff about Wolves playing proper defence it was agreed not to press.

Having played under the proper BE rules all season, Wolves initially found it difficult to contain their dribble penetration  but their players fixed those problems for themselves and on offence they didn't miss a beat. Rose Marsh scored on multiple possessions to start the game and steady the nerves with Oaklands winning out 17-12 winners.  

Wolves' squad 0 Francesca Scott  1 Grace Betteridge. 2 Elisabeth Whittaker. 3 Martha Riley. 5 Lilly Gray. 8 Rose Marsh. 9 Evie Garvin. 12 Ruby Meekings. 13 Taelyn Benn-Wright

There were mixed results for the U-14 girls as they started a mini development tournament on Sunday.

The opening game saw Woking Blackhawks win a thriller 47-46, with the game going down to the last shot. Blackhawks then dismantled Braintree Blue Devils 60-16 before Wolves completed a miserable day for the Essex team with a 61-28 victory.

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