The Flames Lose V University Of Chichester
The Flames seemed a little taken aback by the amount of contact and the harshness of our opponent during the first quarter, when Chichester managed to get ahead by 18 points – a blow we did not manage to recover from, as Chichester ended up winning by 22 points. That being said, after we came to terms with our opponent’s rough game, we stepped up ours and played well the remaining 3 quarters with the Flames losing the second quarter by 4 points (16 - 20), wining the third quarter by one point (10 - 9), and losing the last quarter by only one point (13 - 14). Pity the first quarter had to count! It could have been a different story had it not been by the shock of the initial quarter.
All things consider, the Flames performed respectably, pulled together as a team instead of getting demoralised after the first quarter, worked hard on defence, and created a lot of opportunities. Highlights of the Flame’s performance were how the team got together to work on not allowing Chichester to increase the gap on the scoreboard and how, faced with a very physical game, the Flames did not match our opponent’s challenges and did not end on team fouls. We maintained a cool head and tried to do a good job on court. We could have done better offensively, as we incurred several unforced errors, granting our opponent easy turnovers. Also, we had many scoring opportunities but the ball just was not "cooperating" and we did not manage to materialise all the chances we had right under the basket! Still, to finish the blog entry on a positive note, we should be very proud of our team ethos and hard work. Now that we have our wonderful coach Anne working with us and a large number of very committed players, we will continue to improve and hopefully win some more games this season.