County Upper girls get off to a winning start

BIG WIN: Grace Spooner in action against Southend
BIG WIN: Grace Spooner in action against Southend
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County Upper Under-14 Girls opened their East Conference campaign in style with a 73-63 victory at basketball powerhouses Southend.

Despite meeting a team who had made the national semi-finals seven times in the last 10 years, County Upper refused to be daunted by a side boasting 149 wins and just 18 losses over this period.

The teams were locked at 33-all at half-time, but it was from here that County Upper took control, winning the last two quarters.

Grace Spooner led the County Upper scoring with 27 points, supported by Alex Popova with 21 and Georgie Tansley and Jeanna Wright with 10 points each respectively.

n County Upper Wolves Under-14 Boys faced Thurrock Thunder. A slow start in the opening two quarters saw County Upper trailing 35-17 at the interval.

Thurrock continued to pull away as County Upper found themselves on the wrong end of a 43-67 scoreline. County Upper were led in scoring by Corey Moyo and Michael Lacey with 11 points each, supported by Freddie Barber and Ethan Doward with seven each.

n County Upper Wolves Under-16 Boys travelled to Cambridge Cats.

They trailed by a solitary point after the first period and were unable to keep tabs on a strong home outfit in the remainder of the game.

The second half saw County Upper play good defence but they were unable to score, allowing Cambridge to extend their final lead to 63-30.

County Upper were led by Luca Beadle and Josh Hales with eight points each, supported by Patrick Laycock, Robert Martin and Brandon Marshall with five.