Fury’s showcase opener goes right to the whistle

Shannon Flippard of Falkirk Sony Centre Fury senior women's basketball team (Submitted pic)
Shannon Flippard of Falkirk Sony Centre Fury senior women's basketball team (Submitted pic)

Fury women continued their success from last season with a nail biting four-point win over St Andrews Uni on the opening day of the season at the Orium in Edinburgh.

This was a showcase start to the season with five women’s matches throughout the day and Fury played their part with a solid showing.

In a low scoring match, the Sony sponsored side took the opening quarter 12-8 after holding the students scoreless for the first three minutes.

Fury also held St Andrews to single figures in the second as they took the period 11-8 for a seven point, 23-16 half-time lead.

During the second, Fury saw centre Hannah Murray, shooting guard Chloe Lodge and U15 international Mairi McGill enter the action and contribute to a solid defensive display. But on the offensive end, while creating many scoring opportunities the Falkirk side were falling short, particularly at the free-throw line.

The third saw the student team come back into the game and Fury were down 31-30 going into the final quarter.

Four straight free throw points from Scotland international Laura Nimmo and Alicia McFadden, and back to back baskets from Lonsdale, put Fury in front.

But the game went right to the final second to give Fury a winning start to 16-17.