Storm win away in Yeovil in South West League.
Storm Tornadoes remain top of the South West Under 16 League Division 2 after a 65-32 win at Keinton.
With three games remaining it’s going to be a tense end to the season.
Storm were without regular Goal Attack Jenna Rogers for the trip after she went down with illness earlier in the week.
Holly Rowe deputised despite suffering from a bout of sickness herself in the week.
Phoebe Lagor, who missed the win against Lawn before Christmas, was back and took her place in the defensive circle alongside Niamh Symons.
Storm flew into a 6-1 lead to blow away any lingering cobwebs from an early start and a journey interrupted by roadworks.
The hosts got themselves back in the match though as Storm led 16-8 at the first quarter break.
Five goals without reply at the start of the second quarter saw Storm extend their lead before going on to take the second quarter 18-7.
Head Coach David White resisted making any changes at half time as Storm looked to make it three wins out of three.
They continued the third quarter where they left off the second.
Shooter Caitlyn Oates only missing one goal in each quarter as Storm extended their lead to 52-21 at three-quarter time.
White made three changes at the break with Esme Adams replacing Beth Fenn at Wing Defence, Tanni Smitham taking over shooting duties from Rowe and Megan Byrne coming on at Wing Attack to make her Regional League and Storm debut.
The last quarter was much tighter as Keinton came out stronger and led 4-1 in the early minutes.
Storm went on to take a close period though and the match 65-32 to wrap up all the points and remain unbeaten at the top of the table.
Travelling away is always difficult for Cornish teams and Storm are no exception although the squad is trying out a slightly different approach. “We’ve put a few things in place this year to try and help us but ultimately it comes down to distance. Sadly for this game we got held up in roadworks so our journey and pre-match protocols had to change,” said Head Coach David White.
“I thought we played well though once we settled down. We made some silly unforced errors in the first quarter but were much better in the second and third.”
“We obviously missed Jenna and her growing partnership with Caitlyn but all the squad took to the court and everybody did very well, I was really pleased.”
“I thought Niamh and Phoebe had a very good game in the defence circle.”
Storm Player Of The Match: Phoebe Lagor
Goal Defence and Vice Captain Phoebe Lagor was awarded Storm ‘Player Of The Match’ by the Keinton players. “Phoebe played very well and picked off a lot of balls into the circle,” said White.
“Phoebe and Niamh are starting to get a good understanding together in the defensive circle and turned a lot of possession our way.”
Tornadoes next game is a home match against Plymstock on Sunday 22nd January. Plymstock currently lie second in the league and were unbeaten before losing away to Lawn at the weekend.