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The Lodge demolish Deighton Griffith

To say that yesterday was a dismal day for netballers at Deighton Griffith Secondary is a gross understatement. The Christ Church school suffered the ignominy of being beaten 30-1 by The Lodge School.

To make matters worse, if that were possible, the pummelling occurred at their home court during action in the Powerade-sponsored Under-19 Secondary Schools Netball Tournament.

Nothing went right for Deighton Griffith. Their shooters were off, whether being subjected to solid defence or having relatively easy opportunities to score. Several of their passes were cut off by The Lodge School defence or simply went awry.

After the first quarter, the score read 7-0, with The Lodge School’s shooting not particularly inspiring either. After the second quarter, the score was 15-0 with the hosts still playing as though they were the visiting team. Then, in the third quarter, Shereka Wilkinson brought some cheer for the home team with Deighton Griffith’s first goal, and soon to be their only goal.

Jalicia Bascombe led the scoring for The Lodge with 15 goals from 20 attempts, while Zakiya Gibson netted seven goals from 11 attempts. Wilkinson’s goal came after eight initial misses.

At Princess Margaret, another home team found the going rough when the hosts went down 22-8 to Lester Vaughan.

Similar to Deighton Griffith a few miles away, Princess Margaret had difficulty scoring, and after the first quarter had not managed to do so with Lester Vaughan leading 6-0.

They managed three goals in the second period to trail Lester Vaughan 13-3. The pattern of scoring continued with the third quarter stats reading 18-5.

For Lester Vaughan, Tachina Young scored 11 of her 23 attempts at goal, while the promising Brandy Grosvenor netted eight goals, but still has work to do on her accuracy after making 23 attempts for that goal tally. Macara Thornhill had three goals from 13 attempts. Megan Holder (3/12), Nzingha Perch (4/10) and Donnesha Bailey (1/2) scored for the hosts.

At the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex outdoor court, Queen’s College defeated Parkinson Memorial 22-12 with Cheyenne Thomas leading the way for the Husbands, St. James girls with 16 goals from 27 attempts. Niara Forde chipped in with six goals from nine attempts.

For Parkinson, Nikita Davis was accuracy personified but could have done with more service from her team-mates. She scored a perfect five from attempts, while Shaquilla Davis had seven goals from 16 attempts.

In other matches, Foundation defeated St. Lucy Secondary 21-18 in a close match-up at their Church Hill, Christ Church home court, while Grantley Adams’ futility was even worse than Deighton Griffith’s when they were blanked 46-0 by Combermere at Waterford.

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