Clark Eriksson Fury national league teams were in three matches over the weekend with the senior women facing Scottish League and Cup champions – Glasgow Rocks.
Rocks were presented with their League trophy by Scotland’s newly appointed senior women’s coach – Ian Gordon - before the game.
While the first quarter proved a close contest the rest showed why the Rocks have become the strongest team in women’s basketball with a solid display against a very young Fury side. With captain Jen Gallacher, guards Ailie Gardiner, Alicia McFadden and forwards Kim Bunyan and Melissa Barr all out this was an under-strength Fury averaging 18 years.
That did not stop Fury causing the champion Rocks serious problems in that opening period when Fury played good transition basketball.
That fell apart in the second with numerous turnovers and missed shots resulting in a 32-15 lead for the Rocks at the half. Fury failed to make any inroads at all in the second half as they slumped to their lowest scoreline of the season of 27 points in a 39 point loss.
Fury under-16 girls almost pulled off one of the season’s biggest shocks when they just failed to defeat the Glasgow Rocks.
Losing 57-52 Fury have barely won all season with their very young squad while the Rocks challenge for the league and recently defeated Fury by 30 points.
But it was the Falkirk side who came out strong with a trapping defence that had the Rocks on the ropes.
At 19-12 ahead Fury were looking in complete control at the end of the first and even after top scorer Shannon Flippard left the game in the second period with an ankle injury Fury kept their composure and remained on top. At the half Falkirk led by one but a poor third saw the Rocks gain control. Despite a strong finish the home side held on for a five-point win.
While Flippard produced some great baskets and was the main scoring threat, the whole Fury side played above themselves and produced one of their best performances of he season. Laura Young was strong at the guard spot with Sarah Beattie and Emma Straiton always capable of scoring.
The cadet boys lost by 14 in their final league game of the season to Boroughmuir Blaze, so take 4th spot in Division One.
The game in the capital was between two sides who were vying for a coveted third spot in the league and a play-off seeded place that would take them away from strong favorites Edinburgh Kings, at least until the final. Key Fury guard Kenny Makusha was in foul trouble in the second half and this proved a major factor in the loss. A poor start by Fury had seen them 14 down at the end of the first but a great second period performance brought the game back to two at the half. Its been an up and down season for the under 16 team who at times looked the best team in the league, but consistency has been the missing ingredient needed for the play-offs.