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Women's Report: Bristol Flyers 68-44 Barking Abbey

Bristol Flyers Women received an early Christmas present, with a  comprehensive win against the team who handed them their only loss of the season so far.

Barking Abbey defeated the Flyers 55-51 earlier in the season, but  fortunes had turned for both teams since then. Flyers are currently at the top of the league table, while Barking Abbey are languishing near the bottom.


WHAT HAPPENED

After getting the first points on the board, Flyers were then thankful for a number of mistakes from Barking Abbey, which prevented them from getting ahead in an evenly-matched first quarter. Bristol broke away behind some good looks in the paint from Flo Ward and Hannah Wallace. Zahra Serriah closed out the first period with a three for the visitors, but they were still behind 18-11 to the Flyers.

Most of the points in the second quarter came from the free-throw line as Barking Abbey’s mistakes continued, though they were lifted by good work from Precious Adediran on both ends of the floor. The Flyers, meanwhile, were suddenly finding it hard to get around Barking Abbey’s defence.

With Becky Cantin taking care of defence – she finished with 13 total rebounds – and Maialen Ansoain Zilbeti doing the same on offence, the Flyers were still on top at half time by a comfortable margin of 34-23. 

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Mai opened the second half with five unanswered points, and with captain Fiona Fox leading the Flyers in consistent scoring from the paint they soon found themselves with a 20 point lead.

The missed chances kept piling up for Barking Abbey, who scored only five points in the third quarter, at the end of which they were down 52-28.

In the fourth, Barking Abbey made good on plenty of their layup attempts, but they had a lot of ground to make up. Their task was made harder by the Flyers contesting every loose ball, dominant close-range shooting from Hannah Wallace and Cristinia Bigica just as accurate from outside the arc. The game leaders with 12 and 17 points respectively, they helped lift the team to lead by as many as 32 points

In the end, the Flyers finished ahead by 68 points to 44, keeping their win streak intact and maintaining their place atop the league standings.

The Flyers are next in action on Saturday, January 5th away to Sevenoaks Suns and can next be seen at WISE on Saturday, January 12th, when they will be hosting Ipswich.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Written by Jack Ford. A recent member of the Flyers Family, Jack has been volunteering with Bristol Flyers writing game reports on Flyers Women for the website and game day programme.