St Mirren West College Scotland 66 v 42 Falkirk Fury
St Mirren West College Scotland Cadette Women continued their good recent form with a comfortable win against old rivals Falkirk Fury at the Lagoon Leisure Centre on Sunday. Missing key defensive player Eilidh Parker who was on holiday, Coach Rebecca Cleary was forced to draft in some of her promising Under 14 girls. The game started evenly with action at both ends, as each team struggle to gain a foothold in the game, as they traded baskets. Saints were hit by an early injury as Guard Ella Duff suffered a knee injury, and took no further part in the game. However, the home side managed to steady the ship and the end of the first period saw both teams level at 11-11
The second quarter started well with St Mirren settled and starting to edge ahead, only for their opponents to come back into the game after a couple of turn overs to steal the narrowest of margins at the half time break 21-23.
The game was incredibly tight with nothing between these fierce rivals after the break. Neither team could establish a lead of any size, before their opponents pulled them back, and then slipped ahead themselves. Strong running from St Mirren’s Emma Jackman was causing problems in the Fury defence as they began to give away needless fouls. Both teams continued to trade baskets, with Saints captain – Heather Ritchie a tower of strength at both ends of the court. The turning point in the game came near the end of the 3rd Period, when Falkirk’s strong-running No.5 Kerr game away her fifth foul of the game, to find herself ‘Fouled Out’ as the game reached the interval with Falkirk still ahead by a single basket at 40-42.
St Mirren upped their game straight from the tip-off in the 4th Period with both Jackman and Ritchie hustling the Falkirk side who were starting to tire. Unable to get the ball out of their own half, Fury had turn-over after turn-over as Saints applied the pressure and began to assert themselves and build up a lead for almost the first time in the game. The Falkirk girls had simply no answer to the press applied by Saints, and began to haemorrhage points as Saints when on the rampage. Fury coach Kim Flockhart called a couple of time-outs to settle her team, but to no avail as St Mirren ran out comfortable winners 66-42
Top scorer was the impressive Emma Jackman on 25 points, with Heather Ritchie on 18 points and Kristine Read contributing an important 10 pointsSaints next fixture is a home game against West Lothian Wolves Kats on Sunday 29th October at the Lagoon Leisure Centre. Tip-off 12.20pm.