St Mirren West College Scotland 66 vs 71 West Lothian Wolves
After a disappointing league defeat against the same opposition the previous week, St Mirren West College Scotland Cadette Women looked forward to a rematch in their Scottish Cup Quarter-final at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley on Friday night.
However, a poor start by the home side gave Wolves an early boost and they took full advantage to race to an early 3-19 lead before Coach Rebecca Cleary could adjust her line-up and alter the home side’s tactics to halt their opponents. Kate Galloway was introduced to the side and allied with Emma Jackman and Heather Ritchie the trio brought much-needed stability as Saints fought back to end the 1st Quarter still 11-23 down, but much more up for the fight.
Saints continued to take advantage of their momentum after the break as point guard Kirsten Read started to run at the West Lothian defence, with both Galloway and Jackman taking good baskets. It was end to end stuff with both sides in full flow in front of an enthusiastic capacity crowd in the Saints Arena. Wolves started to get in to foul trouble as they found themselves under pressure and St Mirren began to turn the screw from the foul line. With the gave on an knife edge, Saints reduced the deficit to six points on a couple of occasions, before Wolves clawed back some baskets. Kate GHalloway went on a run as the clock ticked down to have time and grabbed seven vital points for the home side who found themselves still down 29-39 at the break.
St Mirren kept up their press in the 3rd Quarter, as Kirsten Read found her range and Wolves lead was slowly reduced as the excitement grew. Saints had most of the play in the 3rd Quarter, but were not taking all the chances they made as Wolves wilted under the pressure. Emma Jackman continued to run at the Wolves defence and was rewarded with 8 hard-earned points as the Paisley side got to the break only 4 points down at 52-56
With all to play for in the final session, both teams gave their all as they traded baskets in what was probably the best game seen at the Lagoon all season. The game ebbed and flowed and at one point Saints almost got it back to level before losing a couple of late baskets to lose by 66-71. No doubt the game was lost in the first quarter where St Mirren gave their West Lothian opponents too much of a start before getting their game together.Saints’ top scorers were Emma Jackman with 25 points, Kate Galloway on 15 points, Heather Ritchie with 14 points and Kirsten Read on 12 Points.
Saints next fixture is a home game against Inverness City on Sunday 26th November. Tip-off 2.15pm at The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley