BASKETBALL: PANTHERS were rewarded with a hat-trick of victories as they made three long trips over the weekend.
Coach Tim Janvier took the U16 boys squad to Northampton in what was a must-win game for his injury-ravaged squad in the race for a place in April's RAF play-offs.
Panthers started strongly and although the hosts fought back, they held out for a 74-72 success.
Top scorers - Matty Smith (24); Matty Lloyd (19); also playing, Luke Burton, Rich Carpenter, Steve Beard, Charles Dennman, James Banks, Mark Kemp.
The U18 girls had a small squad for their trip to Chil-tern Pumas.
A determined Panthers proved too strong for the hosts as they triumphed 103-39.
Scorers - Kirsty Leedham (37); Nicole Clark (21); Emma Macready (18); Abbey T-Jones (16); Kirsty Shields (8); Amy Kenny (3), also playing Elaine Haggie.
On Sunday, coach Jim Mc-Ginn took the U18 boys to the North East to face Ben-field Cougars.
Panthers' smaller players started strongest with some good full court pressure, forcing the home side to turn the ball over, much to the dislike of coach Graham Heath.
Leading from start to finish, Panthers eventually ran out 85-74 winners.
Scorers - Dale Warrington (19); Anthony Pitt & Luke Burton (both 13); Rich Carpenter & Matty Smith (both 12); Matty Lloyd (10); Mark Kemp (4); Steve Beard (2), also playing Charles Dennman.
Panthers started a three-day half-term camp today (Wednesday) but if you'd still like to turn up, it will run tomorrow and Friday at The Hub from 9am-4pm (cost £20).