Busy time of year for Outlaws teams

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Ilkeston Outlaws Senior Women have continued with their stuttering start to the season but had a convincing win in the Leicestershire League Cup on Monday.

They lost away by 42-61 last week to a young, fast and tall Kettering Phoenix side in the league despite having made a good start. MVP Morag McIver scored 14 points.

Next up were Coventry Moat and Outlaws made a disasterous start, failing to score in the first quarter for the first time ever. They recovered well but lost 31 – 44. Hayley Morris gave a good all round performance to gain the MVP Award.

In the Maid Marian League last Wednesday they faced Nottingham Wildcats and finally produced a worthy performance, losing narrowly 42-47 in by far their best performance of the season . They attacked with verve and imagination and defended stubbornly. Newcomer Asi Stamatiou was outstanding with 14 points and got her first MVP.

On Monday in the Leicestershire Cup they hosted Ashby Aztecs, and having established a commanding 20-3 lead by the end of the first quarter they won all four periods convincingly for a 57-20 win and their highest score of the season. Kerry Jones’ 14 points made her the sole contender for MVP.

Meanwhile, the U18 men travelled to Gatehead on Saturday following a tough game last week at home against unbeaten Doncaster Eagles.

They held Eagles to a creditable 45-71 scoreline, captain Blaise Edwards’ 14 points getting him the MVP vote.

They then began sluggishly against Gateshead Phoenix, as expected after a four-hour trek north. Down 7-16 after ten minutes they improved in each quarter, losing the next 10-14 , tying 11-11 in the third and losing the fourth period 11-13, ending the match losing 39-54.

Another fine powerful performance from Chip Humphries made him MVP.

Ilkeston Outlaws U15 boys continued their rapid improvement when they faced Team Wolverhampton Slam at Broomfield Sports Barn on Saturday, but fell short by just two points.

They won the first quarter 18-16, bu the impetus stalled in the second and they trailed 24-30 at the break.

Outlaws took the the third 19-14 to trail by just a point going into the final session, but despite leading 57-56 with three minutes left, Slam stole the win with a field goal and a free throw to win 59-57.