The beginning of a new season brough a strong start for the Bognor Amazons ladies’ basketball team as they beat Crawley Lightning 62-37.
They welcomed Crawley and got off to a flyer with Lucy Uncles scoring the first basket of the game on her debut.
Lightning tested Amazons’ defence in the first ten minutes, answering every point, the quarter finishing 12-12.
A team talk led by coach John Cornelius sparked fresh impetus by Amazons and they picked up the pace in the second quarter. Well-rounded team attacking saw Amazons race to a 33-19 lead by half-time.
Amazons continued their dominance in the second half with Vicky Smith having a particularly good quarter, scoring eight points. Strong rebounding by centres Michelle Denyer, Jo Gabb and Lara Whitaker prevented Crawley from getting any second chances at the basket.
Despite respectable shooting from Crawley in the final quarter, Amazons cruised to victory. Overall, it was an impressive start from the well-drilled ladies, who are hoping for a promising season.
Amazons: L Uncles (20), L Whitaker (15), V Smith (12), M Denyer (6), D King (4), J Gabb (3), L Stapely (2), Z Vitanyi.
* Support your local women’s basketball club through the season on Tuesday evenings at The Arena Sports Centre in Bognor.
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