Match Report: Bromsgrove Bears 61-49 City of Birmingham Rockets Women

A late comeback proved just too late for Rockets at Colmers School and Sixth Form College, as they lost 61-49 to Bromsgrove Bears in a game that will have them wondering what might have been.

The early stages were a scrappy affair, as neither side was able to produce a consistent shooting form, although Bears had the better luck around the basket to establish an early lead.

The returning Michelle Turner scored to bring some hope back for Rockets, however Bromsgrove continued to build on their early lead.

Rockets had much of the play as the first quarter went on, but were unable to produce consistently when it came to shooting and did not take advantage of their good openings.

Bromsgrove proved impressive on the break and were clinical in their shooting, allowing them to extend their lead to eight points at the halfway point of the first quarter.

Sandra Hewakowska hit back with a quick three-pointer, before Turner scored two on a breakaway to bring the scores to 12-7 and keep the Rockets within touching distance of our hosts, although Bromsgrove were able to extend their lead to eight points by the break.

The second quarter started with Rockets scoring a pair of free throws, before a quick response from Bromsgrove restored their eight-point advantage.

Grace Turton, Kazz Devine-Henry and Hewakowska then reduced the deficit, with Rockets’ offense proving increasingly effective as the quarter wore on.  

However, the sharp-shooting Bears were able to maintain their advantage throughout this period, much to the dismay of Coach Peter’s Women, allowing Bromsgrove to take a 37-17 lead at the end of the half.

The third quarter started had the second had ended, with clinical finishing from our hosts and Rockets unable to match their fine finishing.

Felicite Umuhoza got on the scoresheet, while Turner was also able to add a few, but Bromsgrove remained firmly in control and saw off any challenges to their lead as Rockets were unable to make their build-up play or chances count where they mattered.

The final quarter saw Rockets establish an early run whilst being able to shut out Bears’ offensive threat, pulling back the deficit to from 21 points to 14.

Devine-Henry then scored a free throw to bring Rockets to within 11 points after a quick break and link-up play with Turner, but by this point it was too little too late.

Turton scored from a three throw, before Devine Henry scored from the three-point line and Harrison shot two to bring the deficit down to single digits.

Ultimately it proved too little too late, with Rockets losing the game 61-49, as our women’s side fell to defeat in their final fixture of 2021.