The Winchester Panthers
Panthers are a friendly bunch of ladies and girls from Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke. We range in age from 16 years old to players in their 40s and are always looking for new members who are keen to play basketball.
If you haven’t played for a while and want to get back into basketball then please get in touch with us, we are a friendly team who love to chat!
If you are a parent and your daughter is playing basketball at school but would like to gain some more experience playing at club level then we are also keen to develop and encourage as many young girls as possible to continue to play basketball especially once they have left school.
We play games in the Wessex basketball league playing teams in Reading, Woking and Basingstoke. Playing in matches is something that we encourage but don’t demand of our players, if you just want to train every week then we’d still love to see you.
We train every Thursday at Kings school in Winchester from 8:00-10:00pm. If you would like to have a chat to us about joining the Club or coming along to a training session then please either email Jill or Debi who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We organise social events throughout the year which is a great opportunity to make some new friends.
Get in touch if you’re interested!
2011-12 Wessex Division 1 Tables
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2011-12 Game reports
Panthers pounce on Wildcats
The Panthers advanced to the second round of the Wessex Cup with an impressive 82-36 win away to division 2 side Woodley Wildcats. Missing several players through injury and work committments the ladies got their biggest win in the teams history! Scorers: Nadine Dudley 24, Lara Hooper 18, Emma Shore 10, Debbie Beard 9, Feya Herival 8, Claire Hart 6, Jill Palmer 6.
All Time Leading Panthers Scorers to end of 2010-11
(from score sheets submitted)
2010-11 Season Final Tables
Wessex League Ladies div 1
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Wessex League Ladies table Pre Christmas 2010
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2010-11 Panthers Game reports
Panthers are Wessex Plate Champions!!!
Winchester Panthers completed their unbeaten run in the Wessex Plate competition to clinch victory over Swindon Sonics in the final on Sunday. Panthers headed into the game on the back of some excellent performances which saw the Winchester-based team finish fourth in the Wessex first division in their first season.
The final got off to a slow start, and was two minutes in before Nadine Dudley scored the opening basket for Panthers. Swindon began the game with a full court press, but were unable to prevent Panthers from controlling the game as Becky Attwood put six points on the board to help Panthers to a 15 point to 9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Swindon headed into the second quarter with confidence but it wasn’t long before Panthers fitness and speed began to open up their defence with Lara Hooper and Emma Shore scoring on the fast break. Panthers’ zone defence forced Swindon into shots from outside the key resulting in the Wiltshire-based team only scoring 12 points in the quarter. Panthers headed into the third quarter firmly in control and with a 15 point lead.
The third quarter saw Swindon make a comeback as Winchester were unable to score some open baskets. Swindon found their outside shooting range and were able to find gaps in the Panthers’ zone which allowed the Sonics to claw back the deficit and end the quarter only six points behind the Winchester-based team.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trading baskets before Swindon went on a six point unanswered run to bring them within one point of Panthers. Julia Tucker-Blackford scored a vital basket for Winchester to extend their lead to three points but with a minute left to play Panthers dug deep and forced Swindon to regret getting into team foul trouble early in the fourth quarter. Swindon fouled four times in the last minute, Attwood and Dudley headed to the free throw line with the opportunity to take the game beyond Swindon’s reach. Scoring two out of the six points on offer, it was a nervy end to an exciting final but Winchester Panthers took the title with a final score of 65 points to 60.
Winchester Panthers: Becky Attwood 14, Julia Tucker-Blackford 10, Lara Hooper 10, Claire Hart 9, Nadine Dudley 9, Emma Shore 8, Rosie James 4, Freya Herivel 1, Steph Herman, Jill Palmer.
Winchester Panthers win first ever game
The Panthers got their first ever season off to a fantastic winning start by beating the Wokingham Blackhawks 56 - 43 in the Wessex Ladies League.
It was the Panthers' first ever competitive game after forming during the off season and the whole team showed a fighting team spirit that is sure to come in handy during the rest of the season.
The first quarter provided some crisp passing moves from the Panthers which saw Nadine Dudley picking up 11 points of the 17 scored in the quarter.
The second quarter was a tougher test for the Panthers with the Blackhawks coming back into the game. Panthers had to dig deep and stop the inside drives from the Blackhawks' taller forwards. At half time Panthers led 32 - 23.
The Blackhawks' spirited display in the second quarter gave them the inspiration to get a bigger foothold in the game but there was no let up from the Panthers. With a change of defence from Coach Jill Palmer during the third quarter, the Panthers met the second half with a more determined outlook to seal a win in their first game.
The Blackhawks could not match the Panthers tough defence and a patient offence. With Nadine providing strong post moves inside the paint and Rosie Chase, Emma Shore and Debi Beard securing points with good outside shots, the Panthers ended the game strongly with the Blackhawks only scoring ten points in the last quarter.
During the whole game the Panthers showed a desire to want to push the ball down the court and take the game to their opponent. It was encouraging to see everyone putting in a long shift of defence when the ball was with the opposition and everyone leaving the game wanting the next one to begin.
Scorers: Nadine Dudley 27, Rosie Chase 10, Becky Attwood 9, Emma Shore 5, Freya Herivel 3, Debi Beard 2
Panthers power sees Arrows fall short
The Panthers made it 2 wins from 2 games this season with an impressive display against Aldworth Arrows in the Wessex Ladies League.
Panthers came out for the start of the game with a focused and determined attitude which translated on court throughout the whole game.
The first quarter was played at a fast pace which Arrows just couldn't handle. Rosie Chase grabbed countless rebounds which were converted into a number of fast break points enabling Panthers to secure a 13 - 6 lead going into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw Steph Herman pick up her first points of the season with a well taken jump shot and Claire Hart and Tracey McCurtin completing strong moves inside the paint.
By half time Panthers were up 32 - 15 and Arrows didn't have an answer to the Panthers' strong and diciplined zone defence and crisp passing offence.
Tensions ran high throughout the second half as Arrows got more frustrated with how Panthers contained any change in their play and answered any run of points with points of their own.
Panthers dug deep and countered anything the Arrows had to throw at them despite not putting as many points on the board.
Arrows tried to pull back some points in the last quarter but Panthers stood strong and with Claire Hart scoring half of the points scored in the fourth quarter there was no comeback for the Basingstoke side.
Panthers won the game 56 - 30 with a real team effort and everyone getting on the score sheet.
Scorers: Becky Attwood 10, Rosie Chase 9, Claire Hart 9, Nadine Dudley 9, Tracey McCurtin 7, Steph Herman 6, Freya Herivel 2, Emma Shore 2, Rosie James 2.
Panthers make the cut
The Winchester Panthers ended the first half of the season with an impressive and resilient home win against the Aztec Storm in the Wessex Women’s Basketball League.
The Panthers had to dig deep throughout the whole game and eventually won after five minutes of overtime.
The game started at a fast pace with both Becky Attwood and Nadine Dudley being fouled in the paint, but neither player could make their free throws.
It was end to end and the deadlock was broken with a Panthers fast break. Aztec Storm came out of the blocks with a man defence but Panthers dealt with the pressure well, using their pass and move offensive play which helped them end the quarter 12-4 in front.
The second quarter continued with Aztec sticking with their man to man defence and they got a couple of baskets back but a three pointer from Laura Tongerleii meant Panthers had a good lead.
A string of four well taken baskets from Becky, Claire Hart (2) and Lara Hooper without a reply from Aztec meant the half truly belonged to Panthers going into the break.
The third quarter saw the Aztec Strom change their defence into a zone which worked well for them. Panthers found it difficult to get any flow to their offensive play, but managed to get key baskets from Nadine, Claire and Becky however they ended up losing the quarter 9-15.
The final quarter saw Aztec Storm get a stronger foothold in the game but a determined, solid and resilient Panthers defence stopped the Storm from getting any fluidity to their game throughout the majority of the quarter.
In the final two minutes Aztec scored two free throws and three jump shots to take a two point lead. With time for one offence left Panthers kept the ball well and got a shot away but it missed, however a strong rebound and follow up shot from Lara which sunk in the dying seconds pushed the game into overtime.
Panthers are no stranger to overtime, they beat Woodley Wildcats in overtime earlier in the season. They started well with solid defence turning into two fast breaks and an ‘and one’ from Nadine. Aztec were stunned and couldn’t recover. They managed to score two free throws and a lay-up but it wasn’t enough. A nice jumper from Emma in the last minute secured a five-point win for Panthers.
The result meant Panthers finished fifth in the league and will play in the top half of the league after Christmas when the league is split into two halves.
Becky Attwood – 16, Nadine Dudley – 13, Emma Shore – 8, Claire Hart – 6, Lara Hooper – 4, Jill Palmer – 4, Freyer Harviel – 4, Laura Tongerelli - 3
Panthers win OT thriller against Chiltern
The Panthers had played Chiltern away only two weeks prior to their latest clash, and narrowly missed out on a win by seven points. Looking for a win to take them to the middle of the table, Rosie James opened the scoring for Panthers after a slow start. Chiltern were quick to respond, but neither team could put away their chances under the basket and headed into the second quarter with a score of only 10-8 to Chiltern.
The second quarter saw Chiltern edge away from Panthers, a number of turnovers converting into fast breaks for the side but Winchester’s Julia Tucker-Blackford kept them in touch scoring six of the Panther’s eight points in the quarter. Heading into half time, the game was still within Winchester’s reach with the score at 24 points to 16.
The game came to life in the third quarter with the Panther’s man defence working hard to stop Chiltern from extending their lead. Excellent drives to the basket from Nadine Dudley saw her collect 10 points in the quarter, while excellent defence from Freya Herivel prevented Chiltern from gaining easy baskets. Chiltern were quick to respond to the change in tempo and extended their lead to 12 points before Panther’s went on a five point unbeaten run, allowing them to stay in touch with the Buckinghamshire-based side.
Panthers used their speed to upset Chiltern in the fourth quarter, splitting open their defence with some fast counter-attacking and some excellent outside shooting from Emma Shore. Chiltern’s defence started to wane and Panther’s were able to get Dudley under the basket for some strong inside shots. Chiltern continued to score at a slower pace and were undone by Panthers last minute surge of eight unanswered points to draw the game level at 57 points apiece and take the game to extra time.
This was the third time this season that Panther’s have taken a game to extra time, both previous occasions resulting in wins for the Winchester-based side, so expectations were high that they could steal the win. Panthers took an early lead through James but Chiltern responded after Panthers fouled and sent two Chiltern players to the line for free throws. With Winchester down by one point, Dudley scored only for Chiltern to respond and keep the Panthers one point behind. Some excellent passing to Dudley inside the key saw her fouled in the act of shooting and she headed to the free throw line with the opportunity to put Panthers in the lead. Putting both shots into the basket, the balance was now back in Winchester’s favour with less than a minute to go.
Chiltern were fouled in the act of shooting and headed to the line for two free throws. Unable to put away the first, the second was successful and saw both teams locked on 63 points. Panther’s Coach Jill Palmer called a time out and Winchester used the last 23 seconds of the game to try and snatch the win. An inside pass to Dudley gave her the opportunity to put the ball away, but the shot bounced off the rim. Herivel grabbed the rebound and went up strong to put the ball into the basket with eight seconds left. Panthers pressed hard preventing Chiltern from getting the ball down to the other end to score and the Winchester Panthers came out winners by two points, 65 points to 63.
Team & Scorers: Nadine Dudley 26, Rosie James 12, Julia Tucker-Blackford 12, Emma Shore 6, Claire Hart 5, Freya Herivel 4, Jill Palmer, Steph Herman.