Wolves ran reigning champions Sevenoaks Suns close for the second time this season but were made to pay for a slow start as they went down 70-60, on Thursday,
The visitors have only lost two league games in four seasons and scored the first 13 points of the game to take a lead they would never relinquish, but Wolves outscored them in both the second and fourth periods to keep the game competitive.
Melita Emmanuel-Carr led Wolves with 11 points, Lauren Milligan had ten points and five rebounds with Amari Carter adding nine points. Sevenoaks were led by veteran Cat Carr with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists as the visitors dominated on the boards with their 18 offensive rebounds leading to 17 points.
Carr opened the scoring after two minutes, and six minutes had passed before Emmanuel-Carr got Wolves off the mark. Back-to-back Carr baskets made it a 15 point game and despite a pair of Milligan free-throws and Carter ending the period with a driving lay-up, Wolves trailed 19-6 at the first break.
Merissa Quick opened the second period scoring and Carr drained Wolves' first trey of the game with three minutes gone, and further triples from Greeta Uprus and Beth Sarson helped the hosts edge the period 16-14 to trail 33-22 going into the locker room.
The third period proved crucial as Wolves were outscored 20-6 despite Louise Rouse opening the scoring before a 12-0 run saw the lead grow to 25 with four minutes in the period remaining. Carter broke the run and Dorka Boros wrapped up the scoring as Sevenoaks took a 53-28 lead into the final break.
Oaklands Academy guard Daisy Porter opened the fourth period with a pair at the foul line, and with Uprus and Lizzy Harrison hitting triples the home side trimmed the deficit to 60-42 midway through the period.
Five Harrison points took the lead down to 14 before Emmanuel-Carr made twice made it a 12-point game with her second shot coming from downtown before an assist and a steal from Porter helped Milligan score back-to-back baskets to wrap up the scoring.