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Finals face-off

Defending champions QC and Springer win semis

Defending champions Queen’s College will oppose Springer Memorial in the final of the National Sports Council’s WIBISCO-sponsored Girls Schools Basketball Tournament next Tuesday at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Two semi-final games were played this afternoon at the Gymnasium and in the second semi-final played between Combermere and Springer Memorial the girls from Government Hill led from start until the final whistle to win 59-41 with the first three quarters going 18-9, 30-23 and 45-34.

Top scoring for Springer Memorial were Renee Burke with 17 points, Kylia Smith scored 12 points and Shakelia Smith notched ten points. For Combermere, Jamie Lashley and Tatyana Waldron both scored 12 points each while Sheniqua Thomas scored nine.

The game between Springer Memorial and Combermere got rather physical at times.

The game between Springer Memorial and Combermere got rather physical at times.

Sheniqua Thomas (with ball) of Combermere finds herself under pressure by Springer Memorial's defence.

Sheniqua Thomas (with ball) of Combermere finds herself under pressure by Springer Memorial’s defence.

Burke started the Government Hill girls off with a three pointer which she nailed expertly. With less than a minute to go in the first quarter Combermere’s coach called time out and when his team returned to the court they scored back to back two pointers to end that quarter.

The second quarter was a little better for the Combermerians whose defensive efforts led to several steals and a few offensive rebounds. But Springer played equally good defence and limited their scoring opportunities while doing enough on offence to maintain their advantage. In the penultimate quarter the lead was extended as Combermere’s girls started to lag at both ends of the court. In the decisive quarter Springer Memorial, the fitter of the two teams, carried their lead to a whopping 18 points to end the game on a high and secure their finals spot.

In the first semi-final game Queen’s College came from behind to win a thriller 48-44 over a Graydon Sealy side that led during the first three quarters, 7-6, 19-16 and 33-32.

Niara Forde top-scored with 18 points for Queen’s College along with Ashley Marshall who tallied 12. Latifah Wood was the stand-out for Graydon Sealy with a game high 24 points and Shonica Wharton who has been impressive all season chipped in with 12 points.

Queen’s College took the game away from Graydon Sealy in the decisive quarter with less than a minute to play. The score was 42-41 when Queen’s College locked the score thanks to Marshall and Forde. They would combine for critical points down the stretch to break the hearts of those supporting the Paddock Road, St. Michael school girls.

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