Portobello High School was the place to be today as your Lady Rocks travelled to the Capital to take on City of Edinburgh Kool Kats in a top of the league clash. Both team worthy contenders for silverware honours this season.
The match started out with a fast paced intensity, both Lady Rocks and Kool Kats trading baskets in the opening minutes of the match. It was from this point that City of Edinburgh would string together a short scoring run, equalled by their defensive efforts, that would see the Edinburgh side create an early 11 point gap. Some quick defensive stops and great ball movement on the offensive end for the Lady Rocks saw youngster Shannon Beattie scoring in back to back possessions, followed by a quick 3-pointer from Yhana Van Wees, bringing the Lady Rocks back into the match. The 1st quarter finished Kool Kats 24-17 Lady Rocks.
The Lady Rocks came out slow to start the 2nd quarter failing to execute on simple shots close to the basket. This would not be the case for Kool Kats as they once again put together a strong scoring run hitting shots in close, from mid-range and from behind the arc. This forced the Lady Rocks into a mid quarter timeout.
Following on from the timeout the Lady Rocks started to reduce the deficit with some nice ball movement on offence, again finding a young Shannon Beattie cutting down the lane for easy scores at the basket. This was followed by more defensive stops leading to fastbreak opportunities, however the poor execution of the Lady Rocks creeped back into the game late Q2 with Kool Kats taking full advantage of this, executing on three of their four 3-point attempts. Tensions flared high towards the end of the half with Coach Haldane receiving a Technical Foul as the quarter finished. The 1st half finished Kool Kats 46-29 Lady Rocks
Any hopes of an improved 2nd half performance for the Lady Rocks were quickly shattered with the Cumbernauld side failing to score for the first five and half minutes into the 3rd quarter, allowing Kool Kats to maintain a comfortable 28-point lead for the duration of the period. Q3 ended Kool Kats 66-42 Lady Rocks
A late comeback from the Lady Rocks looked on the cards towards the end of the fourth quarter with defensive stops, easy layup scores and a Gilbride 3 but it wasn't to be in the end for the Lady Rocks as Kool Kats continued to apply full court pressure, something the Lady Rocks
struggled all match to break. In the end Kats were able to maintain their comfortable lead and finished the match as winners.
The match finished- Kool Kats 75-57 Lady Rocks
A disappointing performance and result from the Lady Rocks but rest assured the Ladies will work hard to put things right when they return to home action on Wednesday 19th September vs central rivals, Falkirk Fury!
You can get your tickets for this match via- www.rocksfury.eventbrite.co.uk