Hatters maul Topcats

The gap between top and bottom of the Women’s National League Division One was clinically exposed by Health 365 Hatters.

Helen Naylor led the charge with 27 points as the Sheffield side ran out comfortable 90-41 winners over basement team Brixton Topcats.

A 26-9 first quarter lead became a match-winning 43-17 at the break and was then extended to 71-26 going into the final session.

Helen’s sister Sarah and Stephanie Gandy were the other major scorers with 17 and 16 points respectively. They now face a home double-header weekend which should help them tighten their grip on the league title. They host Leeds Carnegie on Saturday at All Saints (4.30pm) and then welcome Team Northumbria 24 hours later (3.30pm).

Hatters second team battled bravely but were finally undone by unbeaten Division Two North leaders Manchester Mystics.

They trailed by just six points at half time (35-29) but the home side gradually took control and Hatters eventually fell to a 66-45 defeat.

Campbell and Carrick headed the scoring list, each with 12, while Clayton netted nine. They entertain Bury Blue Devils on Saturday (2.30pm).The Under-16s won 80-29 at Bury Blue Devils.

Team and scorers: Courtney Shaw 20, Jess Dooley 18, Mairead Faulkner 10, Elaine Anderson 8, Abbie Simpson 7, Serena Sampson 6, Isobel Hannity 6, Katie Burgoyne 3, Zuiko Kafamba 2 and Nwanneka Osammor.