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Women’s Report: Bristol Flyers 85-71 Team Solent Kestrels

Bristol Flyers Women secured home court advantage for their entire playoff run after sweeping the season series against the Team Solent Kestrels.

After the teams matched each other point for point early on, Flo Ward and Fiona Fox combined to give the Flyers a five-point lead. Shortly after Solent went up by one, but Ward was able to snap the opposition’s scoring run and put the Flyers back in front with a three.

Playing tough defence and doing well to pounce on loose balls, the Flyers forced Solent into a number of missed shots and ended up leading by four points after ten minutes.

The Flyers’ defensive pressure continued into the second quarter, but the sides were deadlocked until a fast-break layup from Hannah Wallace. Liisa Juul later gave the Flyers their first 10 point lead of the game, a margin they would lead by for much of the period. 

Solent’s Geena Gomez kept her double-digit scoring streak alive, going on to lead all on the floor with 20 points, and her efforts on offence helped the visitors claw some points back just before the half. The Flyers still had the half-time lead, though, 44-35.

Earleesha Jackson helped Solent crack all their scoring inertia and they quickly racked up the fast break points in the third, cutting the deficit to two. The Flyers were thankful for some subsequent shots falling short for the Kestrels, and Flo Ward and Mai Zilbeti found open looks to push their lead back out again. 

Juul put up a three in the last seconds of the third, making the scores 61-55 ahead of the fourth quarter. The Flyers opened the concluding period with five unanswered points and, finding her rhythm on offence, Cristina Bigica helped ensure the lead stood at a comfortable double-digit gap. 

Juul had one last pop from three-point territory, which hit nothing but net. This brought her final total to 17, the joint-highest on the team along with Ward, and saw the Flyers finishing by a score line of 85 points to 71.

All that’s left for the Flyers is to secure first place in the league, and to do so they will need to beat the Loughborough Riders in their final regular season game, which will tip off on Saturday March 23rd at WISE 3.30pm.


Written by Jack Ford. Jack has been volunteering with Bristol Flyers writing game reports on Flyers Women for the website and gameday programme.