Allstars find the going toughKaren Jones Thursday, March 07, 2002 19:21 GMT
A 15 point deficit from the first leg presented Allstars with a monumental challenge, so the early advice was to enjoy the match and assess the situation at half time. With newcomers Rachel Dye and Lucy Shazell given opportunity to gain some experience Allstars put up a much improved display. Carrie Moulding, another young newcomer this season, opened Allstars’ scoring with a three-pointer and followed this with two other scoring efforts in the first quarter to leave Allstars 3 points behind at the end of the period.
With Cathy Livock and Baerbel Woeltjen causing Swifts major problems under the boards, Allstars won the second quarter to end it one point adrift. It now seemed impossible to win the two legged tie overall, but the incentive was to win this particular match.
The third period proved to be a low scoring affair, as both defences fought tenaciously but again Allstars won the quarter sending the match into the fourth quarter with the scores level.
However, it was Swifts that raised their game in the final period, taking advantage of the inexperience of the Allstars team. A man to man press presented Swifts with a few turnovers which they successfully turned into points. With many of the newer, inexperienced players given extended court time, this was nonetheless a pleasing performance from the Allstars team.
Tanbridge Swifts 42 – 37 RSA Allstars
The Allstars team was Cathy Livock 13 points, Carrie Moulding 10, Baerbel Woeltjen 7, Lindy Duncalf 5, Molly Tavolieri 2, Donna Moulding, Mandy Gould, Lucy Shazell, & Rachel Dye.