Scottish League and Cup double for Kool Kats

Edinburgh Kool Kats with their Scottish Cup, to which they have added the league title and now the Play-off title
Edinburgh Kool Kats with their Scottish Cup, to which they have added the league title and now the Play-off title
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Edinburgh Koll Kats defeated Glasgow Rocks 75-56 at Portobello High School on Saturday to clinch a Scottish League and Cup double.

Kats took a firm grip from the start and were 19-10 up after the first quarter and 43-25 ahead at half-time.

They could easily have relaxed after that but instead went on a 11-0 streak after the break to run up a 26-point lead midway through the third quarter, with Hannah Peacock, Leanne Page, Emma Findlay, Tracey Phillips and Lauren Walker in dominant form.

All credit to the Rocks who refused to buckle and, led by Rona Corkindale, who began to find the target regularly, they made a mini-revival.

But they still trailed 63-45 at the end of the third which was shared 20-20 and inevitably perhaps the quality tailed off in the final quarter which Kats edged 12-11.

Peacock led the Kats with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Page adding 15 points, 13 in the second half, Findlay 11, Phillips 10 and Walker nine.

Corkindale replied with 25 for Rocks, French student Matthilde Burnel adding 12.

“It’s my first Scottish League title,” said delighted Scottish internationalist Walker.

“But it doesn’t stop there - we’ve still got the play-offs to come.”

It was a good weekend for the City club with Kings winning all three home games and Kats celebrating the winning of the junior women’s title by beating Rocks in their final league game.

Polonia Phoenix meanwhile restored some pride by travelling to Arbroath to beat Tayside Musketeers 63-50 with guards Lynsey Lochhead and Hilary Wood controlling the floor and centre Seona Paxton scoring a season high 19 points and taking 14 rebounds.

Boroughmuir Blaze came close to upsetting Falkirk Fury in the final junior men’s league game, just going down 70-69 away to Fury who take the title with a perfect record while Dunfermline Reign had a similar win 71-70 over St Mirren to clinch the cadet men’s league.

West Lothian Wolves are through to meet Edinburgh University in the final of the Scottish Chairman’s Cup after beating Portlethen Panthers 76-56 in the semi-final at Deans CHS after the Grampian visitors had first gone to Armadale High where they believed the game was to be held.

Jamie Reilly and Grant Dickson both had 13 for Wolves.