U18 Girls VS Northants Lightning. National League, National Conference.
County Upper won a close away game to Northants Lightning as the travelling team took a 64 – 56 decision.
With both teams trading baskets in the first quarter it was the away team who took a small four-point advantage leading into the second quarter 19 – 15. The away team came out in the second fast as they went on a quick 6 – 0 run to open up a 10 point lead 25 – 15 with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Neither team were able to find a way to take advantage in the remaining minutes as County Upper went into half time up by 10 points 38 – 28.
The second half started strong for County upper as they were able to start the quarter on an 8 – 2 run opening up a 16 point lead 46 – 30 again both teams traded baskets as CU went into the fourth quarter up by 16 points 56 – 40. The last quarter saw County Upper get into foul trouble allowing the home team to chip away at County’s lead. Startin the quarter on a 6 – 0 run Northants were able to get their score to within 10 points 46 – 56 before CU responded with a 6 – 2 run of their own to increase their lead back to 14 points 62 – 48; however, in the remaining 4 minutes foul trouble became an issue for County Upper as Northants finished the game on the back of a 10 – 2 run.
County Upper was lead in scoring by Lizzy Sanders with 31 points and supported by Alex Popova and Jemima Kent with 17 points and 9 points respectively.
County Upper U16 Girls VS Northants Lightning. National League. Central Conference.
County Upper U16 girls fought hard coming back from 13 points down to nearly taking the win as they narrowly lost in the final seconds 64 – 68.
In a close first quarter, the home team were able to take a small one-point lead into the second quarter 12 – 13. In the second quarter, the home team took advantage of a poor spell by County Upper as they went into half time up by 13 points 26 – 39.
In a slow third quarter, both teams traded baskets, but it was County Upper who finished with a small 2 point advantage 12 – 10 cutting the home teams lead to just 11 points 38 – 49.
Starting the 4th quarter with a 6 – 2 run County Uppercut the lead to 7 points, with the home team responding and taking their lead back to 10 points 56 – 66 the last-ditch 8 – 2 run by County Upper just fell short of an amazing comeback win.
County Upper was led in scoring by Jemima Kent with 37 points and supported by Kayleigh Brown with 16 points.
Men’s VS University of Nottingham. East Conference. D3 National League
The wolves went on a road trip to visit the University of Nottingham whom they beat in their first match up. The road trip started off sombre as 3 key players were unable to join their team.
The club fought hard against the full-court press of Nottingham. But unfortunately, some early turnovers lead to County founding themselves down 19 – 7 early in the first.
Down 15 at the beginning of the 3rd and with only 6 players attending the trip, they were cut short to just 5 as an injury further depleted the club. This resulted in Nottingham seizing their chance and pushing the gap further.
The score ended 90 – 62. Coach/Player Aiden Saunders reflected ”despite the score it was a great opportunity for our under 19 players to gain experience against a good team. I reminded them that it was ok to make mistakes as long as they were aggressive. The boys have dreams of playing at higher levels so it was good seeing them work on mental and technical aspects of the game. I’m very proud of the progress I saw in their development”.
Top Scorers – Aiden Saunders 26, Noah Healy-Dikes 11 & Phil Ennis-Burg 8
U16 Boys VS Kings Lynn. East Conference. National League
County Upper Wolves U16 boys won away against Kings Lynn Basketball Club this Saturday with a final score of 51-53.
With a energised first quarter Wolves looked like they would dominate the game, Kings
Lynn however were not going down with out a fight. With a level score in the last quarter every point counted, Wolves stayed focus to clinch the win.
Jack Nichols was the games top scorer with 14 points, closely followed by Christian Kwakye who finished on 13.
The Wolves next play away on Saturday 8th February to Essex Rebels II.