St Mirren WCS 73 vs 39 Tayside Musketeers

St Mirren West College Scotland Junior Women took on Tayside Musketeers in an important National League fixture in their efforts to secure a home tie in the end of season Play-offs.  Determined to take control early on, Saints started well with Iona Ross scoring a good basket within 10 seconds.  However, Musketeers struck back quickly with a 3 pointer and this was matched by another from the home side.

The Paisley team started to exert pressure on the visitors, and quick breaks and excellent lay-ups from both Niamh Macleod and co-captain Clare Dewar had St Mirren ahead at 9-5.  Saints pressing game was paying dividends as they went on an unanswered scoring spree to establish a healthy 19-5 lead which forced the Tayside Coach Laura Hare to call a timeout with less than 3 minutes on the clock, in an effort to stabilise her creaking defence.   This brought a mini-revival from Tayside but Saints finished the 1st Quarter strongly with 3 pointers from Maisie Huey and Iona Ross to go in to the break 25-12 ahead.

Home Coach Leanne Renfrew, introduced most of her bench, including four young Cadettes, to the game at the start of the quarter to give them some court time and they soon made their mark on the game.  They continued to hustle the visitors in to mistakes which racked-up fouls, and Jenny Hall took advantage of some space to hit a fine 3 pointer to give Saints a 19 point lead.   The St Mirren defence was continually stealing the back from their hard-pressed opponents in the midfield, and breaking quickly to score at will as the game reach halftime with Saints 43-19 ahead.

With Tayside attempting to get back into the game, the pace was extremely hi-tempo was both side now found the space to attack.   Saints were solid in defence with Shona McCrea and Kayleigh Seller outstanding allowing Laura Collins to score after a fine run, followed up by a double from Maisie Huey found St Mirren on another scoring run which gave them a lead of 25 points as Tayside began to tire.

Saints lost a little bit of focus as the game began to get too comfortable and gave away needless fouls, but still ended the 3rd Quarter 58-27 ahead.

With the pace of the game dropping in the final quarter, both sides traded baskets in what was a good game for the spectators, despite the obvious gulf between the teams.  Saints kept Tayside at bay in the closing stages and ran out comfortable 73-39 winners.

In a game where all 10 of the Saints players scored, their top scorers were Iona Ross with 24 points, Maisie Huey on 11 points, and Niamh Macleod on 10 points. 

Next up for Saints is a tough away National League game against League leaders, City of Edinburgh Kool Kats at Pirtobello High School in Edinburgh on Sunday 12th February 2017, Tip-off 3.00pm

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