BASKETBALL: ELLESMERE Port Panthers made history again at the weekend as they became the first club to complete a clean sweep of honours in junior and cadet women's basketball.
Their U18s and U16s side secured a double victory at the Final Four Play-Offs at RAF Cos-ford to add a brace of Championships to their two Sure Shot National Cups won last month.
Success in the junior competition on Saturday was a fitting end to an era for Panthers' allconquering side, with the club expected to lose four England internationals this summer as their players leave for college.
In truth, Panthers had little trouble brushing aside the opposition at this level and recorded two comprehensive victories en route to their crown.
Spelthorne Acers were dismissed 113-51 in Saturday morning's semi-final while Panthers overcame Essex Swifts 104-58 in the final in the afternoon.
Panthers' scorers in the junior final were Jennifer Leedham (36); Johannah Leedham (34); Alex Lodge (21); Nicole Clark (7); Kirsty Leedham (4); Jennifer Fields (2).
The two elder Leedham sisters, Jennifer and Johannah, shared the MVP title on what was likely to be their final competitive appearance together for Panthers before they embark on trials in the USA this summer.
In Sunday's Cadet semi-final, Panthers defeated a Manchester Mystics side that were Northern Conference winners, 90-76.
Manchester had only finished above them in the league because Panthers had to forfeit a game when their opponents refused to switch dates, so victory was sweet revenge.
Panthers' scorers were: Kirsty Leedham (32); Johannah Leedham (30); Nicole Clark (11); Kim Jones (8); Alex Leed (5); Laura Hughes (4).
In Sunday's Cadet final, Panthers clinched their second title with an 87-49 success against Haringey Angels of London. MVP Johannah Leedham led the scoring with 35 points, followed by Nicole Clark (16); Kirsty Leedham (11); Alex Lee (8); Kim Jones (6); Laura Hughes (4); Emma Lacy (4); Amy Brice (3). TCS Chester Jets booked their place in the semi-finals of the BBL Championships with an 86-83 win at Scottish Rocks on Sunday.
Captain John McCord led Jets' scorers with 21 points and Paul Smith's side will now face last month's BBL Trophy final opponents Brighton Bears in the semis at the NIA, Birmingham, on Saturday, May 1 (3.30pm), with the final against the winners of Sheffield Sharks and London Towers at the same venue the following day (6pm).