Brixton Topcats 46 (Charles/Nelson 9, Grant 7)
Sevenoaks Suns 49 (Carr 25, Royo Torres 12, Clarke 10)
Sevenoaks Suns claimed their first win of 2016 after producing a strong finish to edge out Brixton Topcats 49-46 on the road. For the visitors Cat Carr scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the second half and inspired a 14-2 run late in the fourth to take the win.
The Suns made a fast start in a game of runs as Beatriz Royo Torres scored the first seven points of the game in a 10-2 opening for the visitors. Brixton got themselves going to close the gap by the end of the first, but only managed four points in the second as their opponents built an eight-point advantage at the half-time break.
Royo Torres moved the lead and her own personal tally into double digits with the opening score of the second half, before the Topcats responded with an 11-0 run to take the lead.
Carr scored the next seven points to swing the lead back in her side’s favour, but recent GB Senior Women call-up Kyla Nelson netted a three to put Brixton back ahead in the midst of a 14-2 run to lead 42-34 with less than six minutes to go.
However, Sevenoaks rallied over the next five minutes with Lauren Clarke hitting back-to-back triples in the decisive 14-2 run with Carr scoring eight points during the spell including the dagger three to secure the win. Nelson and Amber Charles scored nine points apiece for Brixton, as they suffered their first loss in the New Year and drop to a 2-7 record.
Coach Vear put a lot of the blame on his shoulders.
“I simply got it wrong today. I didn’t stick to my usual player rotations which meant I overplayed and underplayed a lot of players today! Add that the players didn’t perform, we had a bad day at the office but will look to bounce back next week.”
The Topcats face no tougher task with Sheffield Hatters visiting the RuffHouse on Sunday 7th February with a 2pm tip off.