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Report: Bristol Flyers Women 80-36 Exeter Eagles

Bristol Flyers’ Women extended their win streak to five and kept the visiting Exeter Eagles winless.

After the Flyers took an early 6-0 lead, Exeter’s Ellie Lucas made a three-pointer, but it would be some time before the Eagles would score again. The Flyers played dominant and comfortable basketball with eight players making the score sheet in the first quarter, Fiona Fox leading everyone with nine points. Galia Comesana ended Exeter’s drought with a late three, but the Flyers ended the first with 21-point lead. 

The second quarter proved to be a lower scoring show than the first. After an opening jumper from Maialen Zilbeti, Exeter had seven unanswered points, albeit with long intervals in-between. Trish Groves had the best looks for the Flyers, while Olivia Benger was the big scorer for Exeter. Benger put the last points on the board, but the Flyers would still close out the first half with a 41-18 lead.

In the second half, Exeter successfully upped their defence, but couldn’t get their attempts at the basket to drop. The Flyers scored eight unanswered points and it wouldn’t be until halfway through the quarter until Exeter would answer back, with a jump shot by Holly Wright. 

Fiona Fox continued being the biggest scoring threat for the Flyers, she finished as the game’s top scorer with 18. Liisa Juul made a late three, but Holly Wright had the last word with a jump shot right at the buzzer. Despite that, the score at the end of the third was 32 points in the Flyers’ favour.

Through good defence, shot selection and Exeter’s continuing run of bad luck, the Flyers held the Eagles to only six points in the final quarter, most of which coming from Sinead Brennan. Kati Luotonen and Maialen Zilbeti were big off the bench in the closing stage, as well as a good scoring effort from Amani Clark, who would finish with 15 total points. 

The clock ran out and the Eagles saw themselves comfortably and concisely dispatched by the Flyers, Olivia Benger’s final basket only cutting their deficit to 44 points.

Flyers Women’s final home game of the regular season will be on March 11th at Bristol Brunel Academy against Charnwood College Raiders.

Report by Jack Ford & Owen Parker

Photo by Billy East