Graydon Sealy make it five in a row
Defending champions Graydon Sealy extended their dominance of schools netball when they held their nerve to defeat Springer Memorial 33-31 in a tense final of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Under-19 Netball League at the National Netball Stadium yesterday.
In a keenly contested game, the scores were locked at 30 inside the final quarter but Graydon Sealy dug deep to pull out all the stops, to win their fifth consecutive title against former 11-time queens Springer Memorial.
Graydon Sealy goal keeper, Latifah Wood played brilliantly throughout the competition and was rewarded with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy.
The closeness of the game was reflected in the scores for each quarter – 8-6, 17-15, 25-22 – as Graydon Sealy led throughout but could not pull away to establish any great advantage.
Graydon Sealy captain Shonica Wharton used her experience as a national player to score vital points for her team, finishing with 23 goals from 27 attempts while goal-attack, Alyssa Bynoe scored ten from 16.
For the losers, goal shoot Shakeillia Smith scored 20 from 25 attempts while goal attack Khadija Damingo finished with 11 from her 20 trips to the basket.
In the first quarter, Graydon Sealy opened the scoring through Wharton and after Damingo failed to score on the next possession, Graydon Sealy took the opportunity to open a small lead and find their rhythm.
They utilized the middle well with several tactical bounce passes and with Wharton and wing-attack Shonte Bynoe teaming up well, Graydon Sealy posted quarter 8-6.
Graydon Sealy stuck to their game plan in the second quarter, executing several swift passes and playing strong defensively to remain narrowly ahead by the two-point margin at the half.
There was no change in the third quarter and Graydon Sealy managed only to extend their lead to three goals – 25-22 – heading into the final quarter.
The tension was evident especially on the Springer Memorial side of the court, and urged on by strong vocal support, Springer managed to level the scores at 28, as both teams began to trade points.
Both teams battled to 30-30 but Springer then had three turn overs which proved costly as Graydon Sealy capitalized to march to victory.
In the third place play-off, Combermere beat Parkinson 29-26, with goal attack, Shaquilla Thomas scoring 19 from her 20 attempts for the winners, supported by Nicola Young with six from six.
For the losers, Nikita Davis top scored with 22 from 27.