County Upper girls praised by coach
County Upper coach Darren Johnson was full of praise for his under-14 girls after they defied the odds to claim victory against Brentwood Fire at the weekend.
In their penultimate fixture of the season, the team travelled to a strong Brentwood side, steeped in basketball history, with a depleted side.
But despite this, the team produced some of their best play of the campaign on their way to a fantastic 65-57 victory.
Johnson said: “I was really impressed with the composure that we played with against Brentwood.
“We played as a complete team, our defence really helped us and defiantly fuelled our offence.
“Although we had a great game there are still areas we can improve on, but all in all it was a really good win.”
County Upper were never behind in the match.
They led by a point after the first quarter, doubling their advantage at the interval, before going seven points clear into the final period.
They were led in scoring by Alex Popova and Reiley Kenck with 16 points each, supported by Mikailey Cregger with 10 points.
The team take on table-topping Southend Swifts at the weekend.
County Upper under-14 Wolves’ coach Billy Beddow is confident his side can end their season on a winning note.
The team end their campaign with a double-header next against Brentwood and then Ipswich tomorrow.
Despite having home court advantage against the Essex Rockets at the weekend, County Upper struggled against an aggressive and experienced visiting outfit.
But Beddow remains hopeful going into the weekend action, saying: “I was actually really pleased with how we played against Essex Rockets.
“It’s rare you can say that about a loss, but the process and effort was all there. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t put together a full game.
“We have three games left this season and I’m confident if we play like that we could take all three.”
Essex player Owen Young was on fire for the Rockets, who eventually ran out 76-35 winners.
Patrick Laycock led for County Upper with nine points and Beadle added six on his first game for the Wolves in a month.