SL Colliers Vs SPRA
December 7th, 2014 @ Alistair McCoist Complex, EK
SLBA Senior Women
Final Score: SL Colliers 52 - 42 SPRA
On Sunday 7th of December the Colliers Women's team took on SPRA for their final game of 2014. They were looking to go into the Christmas break with an unbeaten record, however SPRA would prove to be a tough side to beat as they had only lost one game so far.
SPRA took an early lead in the start of the first quarter using their height to their advantage. The physical play shocked the Colliers but after Stephanie Mclean scored their first basket of the game, quickly followed by a basket from Jennifer Lynn, the team was back in the game. The first quarter ended Colliers 11 - 11 SPRA.
In the second Quarter Alison Mitchell took over for the Colliers on the offensive end, scoring 10 of the Colliers 14 points in that quarter and helping open up a 9-point lead. Some great physical defence held SPRA to just 5 points in the quarter ending the half Colliers up 25 – 16.
The third quarter was very scrappy from both teams, as they struggled to capitalise on the steals & turnovers. Team captain, Alison McCusker, started to heat up with 9 points in the quarter and keeping the Colliers 9 point lead at the end of the 3rd.
Going into the final quarter SPRA new the game wasn't over as Claire Duddy & Claire McAuley brought SPRA to within 6 points with just under 5 minutes to go. With Stephanie McLean fouling out it looked like the Colliers could throw away all their hard work and lose their first game of the season.
However the players held it together, a break away layup from Rhona Mitchell and a corner jump shot from Alison McCusker gave the Colliers a 10 point lead which they managed to hold on to.
The Colliers now go into the Christmas break with a 5-0 record.
Coach Ross Rankin commented on the game: "SPRA gave us a real test tonight. That's the first time this season we’ve come up against such a physical style of play and it took us by surprise in the first quarter. Once we settled into the game though the girls got used to it and gave as good as they got."
Ross went on to say: "Although our results have been great so far and I'm happy with our progress, we still have a long way to go in our development as a team. We have a lot of potential but the hard work really begins in the New Year."