Oaklands Wolves will go into the Christmas break in the WBBL play-off zone after a 91-76 home victory against Newcastle Eagles.

Lee Ryan’s team produced a dominant performance against the north-east side and are now one of three tied in sixth place ahead of their December 30th home game against Sheffield Hatters.

Caterrion Thompson and Allison Day led the hosts with 20 points apiece, adding ten and six rebounds respectively as they led for almost all of the game.

Beth Sarson added 15 points while Shaquera Wade added 10 rebounds to her eight points.

Jorja Smith capped a 9-0 run to send Wolves into the first break 25-17 ahead and a good start to the second period saw Smith extend that advantage to 39-21 before Eagles closed the gap to seven points before a pair of Thompson free throws saw Oaklands lead 47-38 at half-time.

Baskets from Day and Thompson saw the lead grow to 18 points again and Julia Koppl, sent the hosts into the final break 67-53 ahead and they maintained a double digit advantage for the rest of the game to wrap up their third win in seven games.

Wolves’ young second team couldn’t make it a winning weekend for the women as their depleted side went down 76-71 at Thames Valley Cavaliers.

Rosie Porter scored 11 first period points, but they trailed 20-11 before fighting back to 33-31 down at half-time.

A 25-20 third period saw Cavs' lead grow to seven at the final break and Wolves were only able to knock two off the deficit in the fourth quarter.

Porter led Wolves' scoring with 26 points, while Caitlin Ryan had four triples in her 17-point haul, and Ella Brown added a season-high nine points.

Wolves' men saw their Division Two survival hopes take another blow as they went down 83-55 at home against Cardiff Archers.

The visitors opened a 24-11 first period lead and effectively had the game wrapped up by half-time with a 50-25 advantage. 

Lewis Thurlbourne marked his return to Oaklands with 15 points but he was the only Wolf in double-digits as La'Quarne Sayles and Callum Johnstone were limited to seven points each. 

Wolves' U12 girls collected their third victory of the season as Brentwood Fire were beaten 59-24 at Oaklands.

George Walker's team never looked back after a 22-7 first period, and although the visitors trimmed a couple off the lead as Wolves went into the locker room 28-15 ahead, a 17-3 third quarter wrapped up the victory.

Francesca Scott led Wolves with 15 points with Ruby Marsh adding 10 and Elizabeth Whittamen eight as Wolves completed a double over Fire.

In contrast, a good first period couldn't prevent the U16 girls' difficult season continuing with a 77-53 home loss against Ipswich.

Jorjah Smith's side contained four U14s but they started well and led through most of the first period before Ipswich scored the final five points to go into the first break 23-20 ahead.

That was as good as it got for the hosts as the Suffolk side outscored them 19-10 in the second period before taking a 68-40 lead into the final break before Wolves narrowed the final margin with a 13-9 fourth quarter.

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Albert Dye poured in 36 points as Wolves U14s took another big step towards the Premier play-offs with a 106-66 hammering of Barking & Dagenham Thunder.

Ibrahim Gariba's team head into the Christmas break in second place in East Premier with an 8-4 record and although they have played more games than the rest at the top end of the table, they look a good bet for a place in the post-season. 

The hosts shaded a high-scoring first period 27-23 thanks partly to a buzzer-beating Dye triple, and they extended their advantage to 54-41 going into the locker room at half-time.

Another point was added to the advantage in the third period before running the visitors into the ground with a 32-6 final stanza.

Zac Butterworth continued his high-scoring season with a 17-point haul, a tally matched by Titouan Vimuex.

The U13 and U12 boys had their games postponed, but they had enough time to arrange a friendly against each other, where a depleted older team ran out comfortable 114-33 winners.

The U13s never looked back after a 27-9 first period, and outscored their clubmates 58-10 across the middle two quarters before the U12s did get their offence moving in the final frame.

Frank Fojit (25) and Alex Ryan (24) did the bulk of the scoring for the U13s, with Danny Tsoutas adding 14, Ted Yu 13 and Isaac Parrot 12.

Leading scorer Manuel Peris was the only U12 in double figures with 11 points.