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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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High-flying Barrow Thorns beat the Devils

BARROW Thorns’ in-form under-14s team continued their impressive run with a tough victory in Bury.

HANDS ON Ruth McEwen was the star player for Thorns in Bury

The English Basketball League North leaders were pushed all the way in East Lancashire before coming away with the points.

The visitors made a sloppy start, gifting the Blue Devils numerous turnovers and rushing their shots, so they were tied at 10-10 five minutes in.

Eventually, the Thorns settled and started working as a team, with Ruth McEwen scoring some key baskets to build up a 24-14 lead at the end of the quarter.

The second period saw Milly Knowles and Emily Cox find their feet for Barrow, adding points to the lead as they started to look comfortable.

Bury found it hard to cope with Thorns’ defence, as Georgia Cooper pressured the guard. This forced the hosts to turn the ball over as she added points of her own at the other end, building a 50-26 half-time advantage.

Even though Barrow had edged themselves into a comfortable lead, Bury did not let their guard down as they came out fighting to match them basket for basket. Knowles showed excellent work to score 10 much-needed points as Thorns ended the third quarter leading 70-43.

The final period saw Bury come out on fire, pressuring the Barrow players into a series of errors.

Thorns started to panic as their lead was eaten away. The gap was cut down to 80-73 before Barrow found a final push – Cooper continuing to pressure the guard and McEwen finishing at the other end – to seal victory.

Points: E Cox 30, M Knowles 27, R McEwen 13, E Duerden 11, G Cooper 8, C Bilton 4.

Player-of-the-Match: Ruth McEwen.

Special Mention: Georgia Cooper.

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