OFF-COLUR Oaksway underperformed and paid the price as they were beaten 60-51 at Thoroughbreds.
The long trek to Norwich didn’t help the cause of the Hartlepool girls, who had won their previous two, but several below-par displays across the court meant they were always up against it.
They did, however, take a one-goal lead into the second quarter, only to fall behind to some sharp-shooting from the hosts’ teenage goal-getter who missed just two attempts all game.
Oaksway centre Jill Foreman explained: “It was a really poor day at the office.
“We started poorly but managed to pick up and actually went in a goal up at quarter-time.
“But credit to Thoroughbreds because they did very well.
“They only came up from Premier 2 this year and they’ll be hoping to stay in the division.
“But they had a young shooter who was about 6ft 4in and she just did not miss.
“Every mistake we made was punished and we made too many of them with loose passes.
“We struggled in attack and just weren’t ourselves – it was very disappointing.
“The one positive was the performance of Sarah Penny who was our player of the match – she got some great turnovers and her commitment was terrific.”
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