Basketball
Bears ride out the Storm in Bristol

By Jamie Arrowsmith 23/02 Updated: 23/02 15:39

BROMSGROVE Bears' National League u16s girls team bounced back from a narrow defeat at Nottingham Wildcats to ease to victory at Bristol Storm.

Dominating from the start at Bristol, Bears were 15 points up going into the second half and an extremely strong defensive game saw them prevent the hosts from scoring for the majority of the final two periods.

That allowed Bears to pull away and record a comfortable 75-42 success.

They went down 55-53 in a thrilling game against Nottingham despite Danielle Caulwell top scoring with 27 points.

Bears edged ahead in the first half but Nottingham hit back to lead by 11 going into the final quarter.

The visitors stole the ball on numerous occasions in the final quarter though and managed to level before Nottingham snatched victory with 17 seconds remaining.

BEARS' National League side have had a couple of tough games to contend with, going down 72-46 at Cardiff and 81-45 at Bristol.

With many of the u16 girls playing at this higher level, the season has been a great learning curve.

Both games were lost mainly in one quarter when concentration levels dipped slightly and the opposition took advantage.

Bears played some exciting basketball in both games for three quarters but paid the price in the fourth quarter on both occasions.

Although both games ended in defeat, coach Carys Hall remains positive and is excited to have such a young side to work with in training and for next season.

WITH many of the same players competing at Local League level, Bears' Local League side are storming ahead having won six out of six.

Bears tackled Birmingham Force on Sunday and scored heavily from the outset.

They also impressed defensively as Force managed just eight points before the interval.

Bears continued to impress in the second half and eventually ran out 78-28 winners.

BEARS have teams and training sessions for all genders and age groups, from u5s to lads and dads sessions.

For more information on training and teams, contact head coach Carys Hall on 07960 256273 or Dawn Hall on 07906 402636 or dawnkhall@hotmail.co.uk.

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