Double delight in league and cup for Outlaws

Ilkeston Outlaws’ senior women enjoyed two wins out of two as they took part in league and cup action last week.

First up was a Leicestershire League Knockout Cup clash against Leicester Cannons where it took overtime for Outlaws to record a 48-47 victory.

The game started evenly and at the five minute mark it was tied at 4-4, though Cannons had missed three free throws.

In the next minute Kat Makgobe made a drive and sank the single free throw for the foul, while Katie Smith hit a 15-footer.

Fraser Wright then made a jumper for the visitors and by the break Outlaws led by one, 9-8.

Things looked better at half-time as they won the second quarter 12-8 to change over with what appeared to be a significant lead, 21 – 17, all the damage having been done by Magkobe and Smith.

Becci Carter opened the half with two made free throws, before Helen Oakes knocked one down from the short corner and Outlaws were extending their lead, although by the end of the quarter it was 31-27 to the Ilkeston side.

Kerry Jones came into the game and made back to back baskets for Ilkeston, Roberts scored for Cannons and the score was 37-29 to Ilkeston when Makgobe left the game with a blood substitution.

Cannons hit back with four unanswered points in four minutes and tied it up 37-37 with two minutes left.

It was 39-39 with eight seconds to go after Morag McIvor made one from two free throws, but a further trade of points in the dying seconds saw the final score tied 40-40 and overtime required for the second time in three days.

Cannons got away well to a four-point point lead, but Smith was again the key as her free throws and an open lay-up on the buzzer sealed a 48-47 win.

Smith was top scorer with 18 points but Makgobe earned the MVP award with ten points and having received a nasty injury.

Other scorers: Morag McIvor Helen Oakes, Hayley Morris (3), Becci Carter and Kerry Jones (4)

On Wednesday Outlaws faced Nottingham Hoods in the Maid Marian League.

Scorers were well spread around and seven players had contributed to the 17–12 advantage they had going into the second period, although it was a narrower 25-23 lead by half-time.

The third quarter followed a similar pattern and Outlaws shaded it 11 -7 to have a six-point lead into the fourth, where, led by fine rebounding and put backs from Morag McIvor, Outlaws steadily extended that lead.

Midway through the quarter Outlaws were in control with a ten-point lead and ended with a final score of 52-40.

With ten rebounds and 14 points Morag McIvor was the clear O. Heap Fire Protection MVP.

Other scorers: Jo Gregory and Darcy Belton (2) Helen Oakes (5), Sharon Hickson (6), Becci Carter (9). Katie Smith (13)

l Today (14th) and for five more Thursdays Outlaws are putting on free basketball sessions at Kirk Hallam College from 8.30 - 10pm.

These are free sessions for players over 14 years of age - boys, girls, men, women new to basketball or returning to basketball. Everyone is welcome.

Some coaching will be available but most of the session will be 3 v 3 short matches.