Bury basketball youngsters maintain winning streak

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County Upper Under-14s basketball players continued their win streak with a big home win against Southend Scorpions at the weekend.

In an intense encounter, the final score of 63-45 didn’t reflect how close the game was.

The leading scorers this week were Josh Hales with 18 points and Patrick Laycock with 16.

County Upper hold third place in the league, with 11 wins and 3 losses from their 14 matches on court.

This week, they travel to Essex Rockets.

County Upper under-14 girls returned to winning ways with an excellent 66-38 home victory against Northants Lightning.

County Upper were lead in scoring by Kiah Paisley, playing up an age group, with 14 points, supported by Reiley Kenck and Mikaela Cregger with 12 points and nine points respectively.

The team now have six wins and five losses from their 11 games and this week travel to West Hertfordshire Warriors.

In a nail-biting finish, County Upper under-16 girls just fell short against Surrey Blue Storm.

The team battled hard and deserved the win but were unable to find a winning basket.

Coach Darren Johnson said: “These games are tough to digest. Basketball can be brutal sometimes with teams playing great and deserving to win but actually ending up losing

“I thought our girls gave their best defensive performance of the season.”

County upper were led in scoring by Suzie Brawn with 18 points, supported by Alex Popova and Rebecca Steven with eight and seven points respectively.

Despite the defeat, the team, who travel to Bristol to play Bristol Storm next, remain third in the National League standings.

In the second nail-biting game of the weekend, County Upper under-18 boys pulled off a fantastic 62-61 victory at Milton Keynes Trojans.