Hatters made to wait for ruling on licence card

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City of Sheffield Hatters have been forced to play the waiting game after an impressive on-the-road victory at Nottingham Wildcats.

The match was played despite the fact that Hatters didn’t have their licence cards but because of the EBL’s ‘No Licence-No Play’ policy, the issue is currently with the Competition’s Committee for a decision.

Head coach Vanessa Ellis said: “It shouldn’t have happened; it was an oversight on our part but we were given the go-ahead to play and Wildcats were happy enough with that decision.”

Hatters took an early 13-1 lead and finished the first quarter in control at 20-12. However, their concentration slipped and they had a season high 13 team turnovers in the first half as the home narrowed the gap to just five points (32-27) going in to the second half.

They tightened up and extended their lead to 10 points at the end of the third quarter and dominated the final session as they eased to a 70-55 win.

Stephanie Gandy top-scored with 24 points while Lauren Thomas-Johnson netted 13 and the Naylor sisters, Helen and Sarah, each scored 12.

Hatters face UWIC Archers in the National Cup Final at Ponds Forge on Sunday, January 29 (1.15pm).

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 concessions although people can get two tickets for the price of one from the England Basketball shop until tomorrow.

The Men’s Cup Final between BA London Leopards and Bristol Academy Flyers takes place at 3.30pm.