Warwickshire Bears 2 storm to their fourth win of the campaign

Aimee Hillson shoots for Warwickshire Bears 2. Picture submitted
Aimee Hillson shoots for Warwickshire Bears 2. Picture submitted

Warwickshire Bears’ second string took their record to four wins from four after beating the highly fancied Plymouth Storm 44-40 in Third Division South & West.

After being beaten home and away by Storm last season, Bears knew they were in for a tough game from the tip-off.

The first quarter was a tight affair with the sides going in locked together at 8-8 as defences prevailed.

The pattern was maintained in the second quarter, with Storm taking a slender 19-18 lead into half-time.

Bears came out for the second half in determined mood but the encounter remained evenly balanced, with the home side taking a slender 32-31 lead into the final quarter.

Bears finally exerted some control in the final quarter, limiting Storm to sporadic opportunities.

With a minute remaining, Bears moved into a six-point lead to virtually seal the win.

And despite Storm narrowing the gap late on, it could not take the shine off a fine performance from Tom Masterson’s side.

“That was a good win against a very good Storm side,” said Masterson. “They pushed us all the way to the end and anyone could have won it.

“I think that will turn out to be a very good win for us this season.”