BASKETBALL: ELLESMERE Port Panthers had mixed fortunes over the weekend as the girls recorded a double win while the boys' sides suffered two defeats.
The U14 girls hosted a three-team round robin tournament at The Hub with Stockport Lapwings and Whickham Panthers.
In their opener against Stockport, the hosts, coached by Trevor Gauntlet, started with their usual full court pressing the defence and forcing turnovers. Panthers were forced to work hard but won 57-45.
Scorers: Kristy Shields (13); Lisa Smith (12); Amy Kenny (11); Lila Benyhia (7); Laura Hinchcliffe (6); Holly McVitty (5); Amy Bowen (3).
Stockport defeated Whickham 55-30 but Port took first place by winning the battle of the Panthers, 77-17. Scorers included: K Shields (21); L Smith (12); A Reddy & A Bowen (both 9); H McVitty (8); L Hinchcliffe (6); L Benyhia (4); A Kenny (2).
Panthers' injury-hit U16 boys had to draft in U14 play-ers Greg Steele, James Banks and Sam Craig for their game at home to a strong Sheffield Sharks side.
The visitors, second in the National League, won 77-59. Scorers: Matty Lloyd & Matty Smith (17); Luke Burton (11); Steve Beard (8); Mark Kemp (4); Greg Steele (2).
Panthers U18 boys were beaten 98-81 by a larger and older Liverpool side in the final game of the weekend. Scorers: Anthony Pitt (27); Matty Smith (17); Ricky Carpenter (13); Steve Beard (10); Dale Warrington (8); Matty Lloyd (4), Mark Kemp (2). nPanthers held a successful three-day camp at the Hub last week, in partnership with RAF Careers, attended by more than 80 youngsters aged between eight and 15.
Leading basketball official Dave Woods, of Liverpool, held a training course for Panthers players with all nine attendees passing.
Taking part were Matty Lloyd, Mark Kemp, Nicole Clark, Kirsty Leedham, Ian Kemp and Josh McGinn (all of Ellesmere Port Catholic High); Anthony Pitt (Stanney); Steve Beard (Whitby); and Emma Macready (Birkenhead Sixth-form).