West Craven Turbines Ladies were finally back at Marsden Heights on Friday night for their first home game of the season against Stockport Lapwings.
After an accident on the M60, with the away team stuck in traffic, tip-off was delayed for 30 minutes and the game was played using a running clock.
When the game eventually got underway, there was a slight line-up change with leading scorer Mairead Kilbride unavailable, and Zoe Starkie back after missing the previous game.
The Turbines started very positively as Katy Watson and Starkie were pulling a number of defensive rebounds early on, accompanied by some aggressive moves to the hoop by Ashleigh Tattersall, taking her to the free-throw line, but unfortunately not being able to convert, before Steph Jackson got the team off the mark.
As the home team demonstrated their improvements on defence, competing well, the first quarter ended 6-2 in Lapwings’ favour.
The energy brought to the team in the second quarter showed great improvement on both ends, and saw Sarah Rowland getting her seasonal tally off to a start with a jump shot off an offensive rebound.
The Turbines, still struggling to score, saw trips to the line for both guards, with Tattersall making one and a floater down the lane being the Turbines’ final scores of the half.
Tough defence from Pickles and continued defensive rebounding from Watson kept the game just about in reach at the half, ending 22-7.
With limited players on the bench, an excellent coast to coast move by Tattersall and Watson scoring off an offensive rebound were to be the Turbines’ only scores of the third quarter, with the score now 37-11.
In the fourth, again Tattersall and Starkie made some striking moves to the basket, only to be fouled and not able to convert.
After being encouraged by coach Renko Ireton, Rowland hit a baseline jump shot, which she is clearly capable to doing more often, to cap off the Turbines’ scoring at 15 points in a 55-15 defeat.
In probably the Turbines best performance so far, the team looked much more composed and implemented things being done in practice.
Things are looking quite positive for the young team.
The Turbines’ MVP of the night was Starkie with two points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
The Turbines’ next game sees them take on Holy Cross Angels 2 at Marsden Heights Community College on December 6th.