BASKETBALL: Holt top scores as Thunder hit the summit

Action from Northants Lightning Under-14s against Bucks Hornets (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
Action from Northants Lightning Under-14s against Bucks Hornets (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Northants Thunder returned to the top of the Men’s National League Division Four (Midlands Conference) with an 82-62 win against Shropshire Warriors.

Earlier in the season, Thunder had lost by 10 points to Warriors so the return fixture was a potential banana skin.

But Northants ensured they would win the day as all 11 of their players scored.

They were led by Jacob Holt and Richard Higgins, with 19 and 18 points respectively, while Johnny Yates recovered from the previous week’s disappointment with 10 points and a number of assists.

Coach John Collins was pleased with the rebounding of James Barden and Jake Wyatt, which allowed Thunder to get into their running game.

Ed shows class but the leaders suffer defeat

NORTHANTS Thunder were well beaten in the top-of-the table battle with West Bromwich Albion in the Junior Men’s National League (Midlands West Conference).

Games between the top two teams in the Conference would normally be expected to be close run things, but unbeaten West Bromwich Albion earned a comfortable 93-65 success against their nearest rivals.

Ed Wallhead top scored for Thunder with 17 points, while Chris Amankonah and Zac Kitchen both contributed 11 points.

Thunder stay top of the Conference by merit of having played one more game than Albion.

Lucy scores 17 but Lightning lose out

NORTHANTS Lightning were beaten 64-50 by the Stockport Lapwings in an entertaining Under 16 Girls National League (North Conference) game last weekend.

It was a game Lightning could have won had they performed with slightly more confidence.

Lucy Needham top scored for the Northants team with 17 points, Dina Kosnikovska registered 12 and Poppy Barnett got eight.

That meant the other six Lightning players could only manage 13 points in total.

Ace Kitchen can’t stop Titans taking the win

THERE was a heavy defeat for Northants Thunder in the Under 14 Boys National League (Midlands West Conference).

Thunder were beaten 93-35 by NEBC Titans, who still remain undefeated.

Ashley Kitchen led the Thunder scoring with 19 points, while Benas Maldutis contributed 10 points, including two three-pointers.

Dina delivers in fine Lightning fightback

NORTHANTS Lightning claimed a huge comeback win in the Under 14 Girls National League (Midlands Conference).

Lightining were 41-23 down at half-time against Bucks Hornets, but they battled back to bag a superb 63-53 success.

Dina Kosnikovska was the star of the show as she scored 28 points.

No other Lightning player scored in double figures but coach Karen Goodrich was delighted that 10 of her players contributed to the final 
total.

She also made special mention of the contribution of her youngest players, Keris Ndubisi and Athena Thompson, and the rebounding of Hosanna Ajayi.

Fixtures

Saturday, January 13: 9.30am-11am: Junior Ballers session; 11.30am: Under 14 Girls versus Derby Trailblazers, Under 14 Boys versus Shropshire Warriors; 1.30pm: Under 16 Girls versus Derby Trailblazers (these games will be played at the Basketball Centre, which is situated at Northampton School for Girls in Spinney Hill Road, Northampton - spectators are welcome and admission is free); Under 16 Boys travel to Stoke Knights; Senior Men travel to Nottingham Trent Hoods

Sunday: Junior Men travel to Birmingham Elite IIs