The ladies played the most anticipated game of their season on Tuesday when they faced Newton Abbot in the Playoffs. With nearly a full strength squad, the ladies were in high spirits both before the game and during the warm up. With motivation high and excitement built up, it was inevitable the game was going to be closely contested match.
Raiders got off to a brilliant start, scoring double figures within the first couple of minutes and branching out a nice lead against Newton Abbot. However towards the end of the first quarter , Newton Abbot fought back and brought the gap to within just 5 points at the end of the quarter. The start of the second quarter was a very fast paced few minutes from both teams, with fast breaks and quick baskets. As the quarter went on, the physicality of the game became more apparent, with both teams showing competitive aggression both offensively and defensively. Half time came and Newton Abbot had managed to turn the tables and lead 30-21.
After the illustration of great basketball from both teams in the first half, they certainly did not disappoint in the second half. Raiders fought back hard in the third quarter, winning the quarter overall, but still trailed by 3 points. An exciting fourth quarter awaited and both teams started to show the real reasons they had made the playoffs. Hard work and determination on both sides made this fourth quarter an enjoyable one for the spectators. With one minute left in the fourth, Raiders managed to tie the game at 49-49. However, a couple of silly fouls from Raiders sent Newton Abbot to the free throw line twice. Newton Abbot punished the ladies on both attempts making all four free throws. A valiant effort from Raiders in the last 20 seconds wasn’t enough as Newton Abbot saw out the game 53-49.
Although the result was not what we wanted, Raiders demonstrated passion, talent and team work throughout the game. A performance to be proud of from the ladies and a good performance to end the season on.
The ladies want to thank their sponsors RAF Careers Plymouth and The Gym Group for their continued support throughout the season.
Raiders Ladies will be holding open try outs on Friday 13th September 2019 at City College Plymouth, 7-9pm. If you are interested in attending these, please email [email protected] to express your interest.