Basketball: Prolific Naylor could be the key as Hatters gear up for treble attempt

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They have gone throughout the entire league season without tasting defeat, and have added the National Cup Final for good measure.

But the Sheffield Hatters aren’t content with that ahead of the ‘final fours’ event this weekend.

The Hatters could secure an impressive treble with victory in the ‘final fours’, if they can overcome Loughborough Riders - who finished fourth in the league - and then either Nottingham Wildcats (second) or Barking Abbey (third), who go head-to-head in the other semi-final ahead of the final on Sunday.

“It’s been a great year so far,” Hatters head coach Vanessa Ellis said.

“It’s always special to win the league, but even more so to win it without losing a game.

“So we are going into the final fours with confidence, and determination to win, achieve the treble and remain undefeated.”

The Hatters look good bets to do just that. They have defeated Loughborough three times this season already, twice in the league and once in the cup.

In Helen Naylor, they also possess the league’s deadliest scorer. She averages 22.17 points per game this season - the league’s highest total.

Steph Gandy was fourth with an average of 18.33.