For the second week in a row, the Eagles were taking on an academy. This time an away trip to Myerscough for their second meeting of the season. In the first encounter, in a scrappy game, the Eagles came out 60-44 winners and they were looking to replicate this result knowing that they would be playing a much stronger team than the last time they faced each other.
Myerscough started the game strong with a couple of fast break lay ups, catching the Eagles out to start the game. A strong aggressive drive by the Eagles earned them a trip to the line and a couple of converted free throws to get on the scoreboard. Good free throw shooting in the first quarter (6/7) gave them a slender one point lead at the end of the first. At the start of the second quarter Myerscough went on a small run behind some good outside shooting before the Eagles responded with some good aggressive drives at the basket to lead 28-24 going into the half.
The start of the second half was all Eagles as they played strong aggressive defence to go on a 10-0 run in the first 5 minutes. Myerscough tried to respond and got a few more scores however they were unable to contain the Eagles offence. The end of the third finished with the Eagles 48-36 up. With both teams tiring, the Eagles got some good steals and fastbreak lay ups to push the lead out to 24 before closing out the game 66-48 winners.
It was a great performance by the Eagles to finish out 2017. Everybody on the team contributed in an unselfish display of basketball. The free throw shooting and defensive intensity was much improved which meant that Eagles were in the end comfortable winners against a strong Myerscough side.
Next up is a tough double header away on the first weekend back against Stockport and Charnwood on the 6th and 7th of January.
Top Scorers: Emily Taylor – 16 points, Orieoma Chukwu-Etu – 15 points, Livia Merle and Sally Mills – 9 points