SIX points proved to be the difference in Warwickshire Bears’ latest 1st Division South clash as they defeated Coyotes 51-57.
In the club’s last fixture of what has been a successful 2016 campaign, the Bears were made to work hard in a closely contested game.
With a number of Great Britain players returning from international duty, the Coyotes fielded a significantly stronger side than previously – though not even the added boost of a full strength team proved enough.
From tip-off the game was end-to-end as both sides were locked in battle in an attempt to take control of the game.
With no team allowed to build a substantial lead, the game was reduced to a defensive battle with plenty of fouls drawn which took its toll on the line ups of both teams.
As each quarter passed, the Bears and Coyotes cancelled out eachothers efforts – both offensively and defensively – as the scores remained close until the Bears found some momentum and took the decisive lead with just seconds left on the clock.
With virtually no time left, Coyotes were left with the only option of fouling and putting the Bears on the free throw line to secure victory.
Post-game, coach Masterson said: “We were pushed all the way and again it showed why the women’s international team is looking so exciting for the future.
“Even today our own Aimee Hillson came off the bench to play a brilliant game to help us get the win.”