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WBBL Durham Palatinates Progress to Semi Finals of Betty Codona WBBL Trophy

(30 September 2019)

History seems to be repeating itself as our WBBL Durham Palatinates reached the last four of the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy after a big double header weekend in Essex.

The opening weekend of the competition saw Lee Davie’s side go 2-0 up in what proved to be an eventful 2 days.

The girls got off to a good start on Friday as they came face to face with hosts Essex Rebels who were outlasted 78-66 by last season’s Trophy Finalists. It was our new recruits who topped the point’s board with Dee Hayward putting up 21 points, while Kara Elderkin delivered a monumental 17 points and 21 rebounds. Hayward said, “It was great to finally get playing into games. And even better to see us produce some good team basketball. I think we are only going to go from strength to strength”.

Saturday proved to be just as fruitful as the Palatinates shutdown Sheffield Hatters 60-50 to demonstrating that they are bidding to go one better in the Trophy this year with Betsy MacDonald putting up a top score of 15 points. Elderkin said of the performance, “The Sheffield Hatters have always been a top team in the league, so we knew we had to play our best. After coming off a great win against Essex, we were excited for the challenge and ready to take on the Hatters. It was a physical game, with us being down at half. But we always stuck together and each person made a great play on offence or defense to help win the game. I can't wait to keep improving as a team and continue our success throughout the season.” 

The final game scores in the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy for the Palatinates were:

Durham Palatinates 60-50 Petermans Sheffield Hatters

MacDonald 15, Hayward 13, Elderkin 10

Durham Palatinates 78- 66 Essex Rebels

Hayward 21, MacDonald 19, Elderkin 17

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