Senior women beat fourth placed Rocks!
February 28th, 2016 - The senior women ended their national league season on a high, beating the Glasgow Rocks who are fourth in the league. The Rocks were favourites to beat ninth place Colliers, however after several close defeats playing without a coach, the team was feeling positive as a result of Ross Rankin taking the helm.
A 7 point run from Rhona Mitchell at the end of the first quarter meant the Colliers won that quarter 12-10. The first half saw some excellent defence, with the Rocks held to a low half time score, however a slow second quarter in which Colliers only managed 6 points meant that they ended the first half down 23-18.
A positive half time team talk and renewed confidence resulted in the Colliers coming out strong and cancelling out the Rocks’ lead within the first few minutes. Mitchell scored 8 and Rosanne Barr scored 7 in this period and again the Colliers worked extremely hard on defence holding the Rocks to only 11 points, meaning that the score going into the final quarter was 38-34 in Colliers favour.
With many of the Rocks team in foul trouble by this point, point guard Kirsty Semple found Alison Mitchell inside again and again allowing her to get to the basket or get fouled, with Alison adding 6 points in this quarter.
The Rocks, who had only dropped 4 games so far this season, were not going to give up this one easily. Erin Gilbride attacked the basket and Lisa Haldane shot well, combining for 14 points in the fourth quarter and ensuring that the game stayed close.
However, in the last 5 minutes Kirsty Semple took over the game in both offense and defence, stealing the ball and scoring a straight 14 points towards the end of the game to seal the win.
FINAL SCORE: South Lanarkshire Colliers 60 – Glasgow Rocks 56
Top scorers were Kirsty Semple with 19 points and Rhona Mitchell with 17 points.
After the game Kirsty commented: “After a season of ups and downs and some closely fought games, our team worked extremely hard to secure a well-deserved win.”
“It was great to see most of the team on the score sheet and 4 players in double figures which shows everyone getting involved and contributing.”