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Report: Bristol Flyers Women 53-40 Sevenoaks Suns II

Bristol Flyers Women pulled off a convincing 54-40 victory over Sevenoaks Suns II on Sunday to advance to the semi-finals of the cup competition.


WHAT HAPPENED?

The first points of the game went to Sevenoaks but Flyers quickly slowed them down with their defence in the form of a full court press.

It was this full court press that led to a season-high of 23 steals over the course of the game. Mai Zilbeti and Hannah Wallace secure ten steals between them as they pressured Suns right from the inbound. 

After a strong start from both teams, Flyers took the first quarter by three points. The second quarter saw both teams scoring ten points with Flyers maintaining their three point lead going into half time.

Flyers had a successful third period, holding Suns to only seven points to the Flyers’ 14 to build a ten-point lead heading into the final quarter. 

The fourth quarter brought a sense of panic in the first five minutes as the Suns found some momentum to close the gap. From the perspective of the Flyers team, the sense of determination was overpowering.

It was the team that took it upon themselves to discuss their play in the time out. Flyers used the clock wisely on offence, showing their experience to maintain a sense of calm when the pressure was put on from the Suns.  

A strong start to the fourth quarter from the Suns led to the Flyers digging their heels in and coming together to respond in kind. A combination of Juul (18 points) scoring two free throws and a strong three-pointer from Zilbeti at a crucial moment of the game brought the momentum swinging back to the Flyers and leading them to the much needed win. 

Flyers took the victory in their stride and are already setting their sights to the semi-finals with no intention of slowing down. 

Report by Erin Hunter


Bristol Flyers Women are always on the lookout for new players, coaches and volunteers.  Anybody who's interested and committed is always welcome to join the Flyers Family. Contact Flyers Women at flyerswomen@gmail.com