Re­vival stuns new lead­ers

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Unipet beat new lead­ers HSD1 33-31 in an ex­cit­ing top-two Ash­ford League con­test. HSD1, who re­placed them as lead­ers days be­fore, led 12-5 and 22-13 in the first two quar­ters, cap­i­tal­is­ing on Unipet’s off-form shoot­ers. How­ever, Unipet dug in and clawed back the deficit to five go­ing into the last quar­ter. A su­perb team ef­fort and im­proved shoot­ing even­tu­ally saw them level the scores be­fore go­ing in front in the clos­ing stages to claim the points. Unipet, keen to main­tain the pres­sure on HSD1, then beat Bar­clays 58-23 in a match played in hot and hu­mid con­di­tions. Shoot­ers Rhonda Mick­el­bor­ough and star player Sally Eyre were in great shoot­ing form as Unipet opened up a 21-2 quar­ter-time lead. Strug­glers Bar­clays ral­lied but it was too lit­tle, too late. ANC Tigers came from be­hind to win 31-28 at Coun­trystyle. Mid­dle-of-the-ta­ble Tigers led 7-6 at the end of the first quar­ter, be­fore Coun­trystyle crept ahead 13-12, courtesy of some sharp shoot­ing by goal shooter Sam Holmes and goal at­tack Cara Mann. Coun­trystyle looked to be do­ing well at this stage with great in­ter­cep­tions by wing at­tack Jemma Brit­land and wing De­fence Tracey Crute. But Tigers came strongly in the third tak­ing the lead 22-20, de­spite strong de­fence from goal de­fence Jor­don Mann and Goal­keeper Jo Willemse. Coun­trystyle con­tin­ued to work hard, and were par­tic­u­larly well served by star player Terrie Ire­land but lost the fi­nal quar­ter by four goals. Folke­stone Saints are hold­ing tri­als for new un­der-14 play­ers ahead of field­ing a team in the National Bas­ket­ball League ju­nior na­tion­als. They take place on Fri­days Au­gust 2, 9 and 16 at the Three Hills Sports Park, Cheri­ton Road,and cost £4. For de­tails, con­tact Mark Hil­ton on 07456 494809 or e-mail coach­hin­ton@ya­hoo.co.uk

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