TABLE-TOPPING Warwickshire Bears Women showed resilience and no little skill to clinch a clean sweep of victories from four British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s League fixtures over the weekend.
There were two matches on both Saturday and Sunday for the Bears at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena and first up was a clash against Angels of the North.
Bears had travelled with only seven registered players but their inexperienced squad rose to the challenge to secure a 19-14 victory.
Bears took a decisive 8-2 lead in the first quarter, but Angels fought hard to win the second period and tie the third and fourth.
Bears then took on Eastern Blue Stars for the first time in the competition and just two points separated the teams after the first period.
The second quarter saw Bears take charge of the game as they took it 12-1 to lead 18-5 at half time.
The sides were evenly matched in the last two quarters but Bears had already done the damage and they secured a 28-19 win.
Blue Stars were the first opposition on Sunday and, determined to gain revenge, they pushed Bears all the way but the Warwickshire side had just enough to secure a 25-23 success.
A weakened Stoke Spitfires were Bears’ final opposition of the weekend and the Staffordshire side had their work cut out with only five players available due to injuries and absence.
Bears were always in control as they sealed a 26-12 win despite a spirited Spitfires effort.
Bears coach Jacob Robinson said: “It was a long weekend of physical basketball. The girls started slowly but got better as the weekend went on with all players getting on the scoresheet for the weekend.
“We are very happy to be top of the table going into the third weekend with our eyes on promotion.”
The Bears are still looking for a sponsor for the team and are always looking to recruit new members, especially female and junior players. Anyone interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07946 518354.