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Wild west weekend for Wolves



Oaklands Wolves women kept up their push for a place in the Division Two play-offs with a 68-59 victory at Cardiff City, on Saturday.

Without three of their most experienced players - Daisy Porter, Cleo Lewis-Gayle and Ella Brown, the young Wolves struggled in the first half before a strong performance after the half-time break set up for the victory.

The Welsh side 17-13 after the opening period and 37-31 going into the locker room but triples from Tiffany Mitchell-Tyson, Stella Ekblad-Piscitelli and Caitlin Ryan helped them reduce the deficit to 49-48 into the final break.

Back-to-back three-point plays from captain Ryan saw the visitors take a lead they would never lose before seven Amye Swinney points helped them outscore the hosts 20-10 in the fourth period to wrap up a league double against Cardiff.

Swinney led Wolves' scoring for the first time this season with 20 points, with Ekblad-Piscitelli adding 14 and Ryan 12.

Wolves U-14 girls' win of the season was certainly worth waiting for as they returned from the West Country with an 83-44 victory against Bristol Academy Flyers, on Saturday.

Both sides have found the going tough in NBL Premier South, with Flyers' only win coming in a three-point victory at Oaklands.

Jane Yu missed that game as the U-16s were also in action, but she led the scoring this week with 23 points, adding six rebounds and as many steals, as well as four assists in 22 minutes of action.

Gauri Kohil finished with 17 points, seven steals, five rebounds as four assists while captain Olivier Ackers had 13 points and and seven boards while Dominique Soma added ten points.

Allison Day's team rushed into a 19-4 lead after just five minutes and went into the first break 26-11 ahead. That lead grew to 50-20 at half-time as Wolves effectively wrapped up the victory, and they outscored the hosts 10-8 in the third period and 23-16 in the fourth quarter.

Wolves' young U-16 girls side couldn't make it aperfect weekend for the club as they went down 81-52 at neighbours Luton.

The visitors never recovered after being outscored 19-10 in the first period, and 43-17 at half-time. A 21-15 third period saw that deficit grown to 64-32 before Wolves cut the final margin with a 20-17 last quarter.

Yu finished with nine points while Eunace Wong and captain Elise Bearsworth each added eight


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