St Mirren West College Scotland 103 vs 30 Ayr Storm

St Mirren West College Scotland Junior Women Took to the court against lower league opposition in their Scottish Cup Quarter-final at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.   Despise their lowly standing, Ayr Storm had a couple of good players who could cause high-flying St Mirren Some problems as the Saints had both Ella Duff and Fiona Waddell out injured.

The home side started slowly, but soon got in to their stride, with baskets from Ross, Hall and Stewart before Storm’s Captain Sang got on the board with a lay-up.  Saints kept up the pressure and ended the 1st Quarter comfortably 22-13 ahead.

Ayr came out and upped their tempo to grab to early baskets and reduce the deficit as St Mirren failed to take their chances.  Coach Renfrew immediately decided to introduce some fresh faces, as her side reacted to their poor start as both Emma Jackman and Eilidh Parker scored to get the Paisley side back on track.  Iona Ross scored a fine 3 pointer as Saints opened up the play.   Steals in midfield by Laura Collins and Ross which both resulted in baskets, had Ayr coach Laura Nisbet calling a timeout to steady her side as they found themselves 40-18 down.     Saints kept up their press and scored late baskets by Collins, McCrea and Hall to go to the halftime break 46-18 in front.

After the restart, St Mirren did not let their opponents off the hook as Morven Robertson fired in a long 3 pointer followed by a good basket from Captain Shona McCrea.  Constant Saints pressure had Storm struggling to get the ball out of their own half.   A couple of consolation baskets from the Ayr side brought some respite, before Saints finished the 3rd quarter strongly with baskets from Huey, Hall and Parker to lead 70-24 at the end of the 3rd Quarter.

Saints kept their fast-moving game going in the final quarter with early baskets from young Cadettes Emma Jackman and Heather Ritchie, before some sparkling inter-passing from Internationalist Iona Ross brought applause from the crowd as she scored.   Saints were on a run, and it was to be a total of 12 points unanswered before Storm managed to get any points on the board.

Storm were penned in under their own hoop, and a fine 3 pointer and a quick lay-up from Jenny Hall, added to the home side’s tally and took the game well beyond Ayr.  Maisie Huey and Alix Stewart kept up the punishment as the clock ticked down, although Storm manages to grab a basket with 14 seconds left, only to be punished right on the buzzer as Alix Stewart, who had a fine game, grabbed a late score as Saints finished the game 103-30 up and advanced to the Scottish Cup Semi-final.

In a game where all St Mirrens’ players scored, Saints’ top scorers were Iona Ross with 19 points, Jenny Hall on 17 points and both Maisie Huey and Alix Stewart on 14 points each.

Saints next fixture is a difficult away fixture in Edinburgh against Kool Kats on Friday.  Tip-off 8.15pm at Portobello High School

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