Treble win writes another Page in the history of happy Hatters

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Sheffield Hatters secured yet another treble success on Sunday with their 15th Division One Play-Off success.

Hatters, aided by MVP Julie Page, overcame a determined Barking Abbey side 70-57 in the final.

Much like their semi-final win over Loughborough on Saturday, Sheffield had to overcome a second half double digit deficit to win and again, they dominated the final quarter.

Hatters held Barking Abbey to 9 points in the last ten minutes while reeling off 22 of their own.

Page led the way, with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, ably supported by teammates Sarah Cooney (20 points) and Helen Naylor (19 points).

In tight first three quarters, it was difficult to predict a winner - Hatters led after ten minutes, but Abbey were 32-29 up at half time and all nine of their players had scored.

Barking continued the pressure into the third period, and with six minutes left they had a 10 point advantage, leading 40-30.

Just as they did in their semi-final, however, the Hatters stormed back.

A 14-0 run helped them move 42-40 ahead, with three minutes remaining of the quarter.

Abbey’s star player Melita Emmanuel-Carr, who had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, broke the Sheffield run with three points, and they went ahead after Page’s technical foul.

Leah McDerment converted both free throws.

It wasn’t over yet, though, as Hatters guard Cooney scored a long-range three pointer to tie the scores at 48-48 going into the last period.

Steph Gandy’s free throw 30 seconds into the period gave Sheffield the lead - and from then on, the Hatters weren’t going to let it slip.

Mark Clark’s technical foul was punished to leave his side 57-52 down, and the Hatters soon found themselves with an unassailable 11-point lead - and all the game’s momentum.

The spirited Barking side only managed a further five points for the remainder of the game.

Mason finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Abbey, while Shequila Joseph had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The win means that the Hatters have now completed the entire season unbeaten.

* Sheffield Junior Saints under 14s are hoping to pick up some silverware of their own on Sunday at the National Championship Final Four at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

The Saints tip-off noon against the Cheshire Jets with a potential final against either Lewisham Thunder or Peckham Pride at 4.45pm.

The Saints earned their place at the EIS by winning the North-East National League, beating 2012 National Championship runners-up Manchester Magic in the first round of the play-offs.

They then qualified for the Final Four with an excellent 90-89 victory away in the capital on London Marathon day (April 21) at last season’s champions, the Newham All Stars.

Guido Terruci (26), Sam van Oostrum (20), Rickyle Anderson (20), and Nathaniel Montgomery (13) provided the bulk of the scoring in a high-octane match against an opponent with much taller players than the Saints.

* The Hatters, too, will be represented at the Final Four event by their under-16 team.

The Hatters play Manchester Mystics at 10am.

Their second game will then either be at 2.15pm or 2.30pm, depending on their first-match result.