Academy Women off the mark with win over GCA

Ashleigh Pink led the way for Copleston with eighteen points (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Copleston needed a big second half to secure their first WEABL win of the season against league newcomers Greig City Academy, and they got it, led again by Ashleigh Pink who scored sixteen of her game-high eighteen points in the last two quarters as the Suffolk side took the game 63-51.

The first quarter saw Copleston open a quick lead, despite early foul trouble for both starting bigs, Freya Cooney and Maya Price. They managed to still win the period 13-6 with some solid play off the bench from Grace Sinnott and Amoke Bowman-Boyles.

GCA’s defensive adjustments brought about a shift in the moment and the newcomers caused Copleston some problems in the second quarter, holding their hosts to fourteen while collecting twenty-one themselves. They were hot from behind the three point line with triples coming from both D’Andri St Marthe and Victoria Somoye Unsby.

The third quarter was a tighter affair with both teams going on mini-runs, but as Pink started to get it going for Copleston, and with Price and Sinnott dominating the boards, Copleston held a slight edge.

Frances Musson went close to a double-double in her first appearance of the season (Image: Pavel Kricka)
Frances Musson went close to a double-double in her first appearance of the season (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Copleston saved their best basketball for last, and took control in the final quarter. Frances Musson came alive inside and out, hitting a big three as the team made their run to seal the game, while Sinnott collected seven in the period on her way to a big double-double of thirteen points and thirteen boards – her best game in two seasons in the WEABL.

“I thought today was very sluggish,” said Copleston Coach Nick Drane.

“There was an odd atmosphere in the gym, it was quiet today, the girls didn’t look with it in the warm up and I certainly didn’t coach my best game. However, we got it done, showed our usual character and it’s great to be off the mark in this great league.”

Copleston were led by Pink’s 18, who was all over the place as ever in the box score with four boards and assists. She was helped by the play of Price, with another huge double-double of 14 points, 13 boards and two blocks. Sinnott added a double-double while Musson picked up nine points, eleven boards and five assists after missing the league opener. For GCA they were paced by 13 from St Marthe and 11 from Shanice Flitton.

With half term next week, both teams will take a break.