The Sevenoaks Suns held onto top spot in the WBBL Championship as they held off Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (76-70) in a top three battle on Sunday afternoon at the Sennocke Centre.
The Hatters had won on Friday night but were unable to inflict a second loss on Len Busch’s side – who stretch their advantage over Leicester Riders, albeit having played two games more. They now move to an impressive 16-1 record as they ensured they stayed ahead in the title race.
Judit Fritz starred with an all-round display of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Suns with Chantelle Pressley producing crucial back-to-back scores to put her side ahead in the fourth
Having trailed at the half, Sheffield edged back ahead at the end of the third and led 69-70 with 4:47 left only to be held scoreless as a 7-0 close gave the hosts victory.
The Suns kept their composure at the foul line as they converted 12 of 14 free throw attempts with Sheffield shooting 58% as Sevenoaks closed out the win.
Leading scorers for the Suns were Judit Fritz 19, Cat Carr 13, Chantelle Pressley 11.
Star player, Judit Fritz said after the game: “We were preparing for a tough game against a strong Sheffield team who are currently third in the table and we got nothing less than what we expected”.
“They came out strong and played very physical basketball. They gave us some difficulties under the basket and we really had to come together as a team to manage to stop them from getting those “easy baskets” declared Fritz.
“We were doing “our thing” on the offensive end – all we needed was to pick up our defence and match Sheffield’s physicality. We did just that. It was a tough game from the tip until the very end.
“I feel extremely happy that we could get away with the win. It was thanks to our determination and to always playing together as a team.”
Coach Len Busch added: “I was expecting a tough game, Sheffield are a big team with veteran players. We put together a good defence in the fourth quarter, they [Sheffield] only scored 9 points in the quarter and that was the difference in the game for us”.
Sevenoaks now face a break in the league championship and will return to the court at the Sennocke Centre on April 18th at 7.30pm against Durham Palatinates. Then then host Oakland Wolves on April 22nd (3.00pm) before heading to Manchester to play the Mystics in their final game on April 28th (4.00pm).
Although Sevenoaks face a break in league action, they will now prepare for the WBBL Trophy before the end of the season recommences. Their first round tie in this end of season cup is away to the Oakland Wolves, who play in St. Albans, on March 24.
Further fixtures to be updated as and when the Suns progress.