Queen's lift all-island basketball crown

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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THE Queen's School defeated Holy Childhood High 54-45 to capture the 2018 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) National Basketball Championship title for high school girls at Calabar High School court last Saturday.

It was a revenge win for Queen's, who lost by one point to Holy Childhood in the Urban High Schools Southern Conference final 55-54. The final between both schools was postponed the previous Saturday due to rain at Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Camperdown High were the defending All-Island National champions, but lost in their semi-finals the previous week where the play-offs were held at Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Queen's were also winning their first-ever basketball title, and it was also the first time they were reaching the finals in both competitions.

Abigail Clarke, who had a game-high 39 points along with seven rebounds and four assists, was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the All-Island National Basketball Championship final.

Queen's took charge of the first quarter, especially through the teamwork of Clarke, Abigayle Sutherland and Brithney McKenzie, as they took an 18-11 lead at the break.

Holy Childhood fought back well in the second quarter through the shooting of Brithney Mitchell, who kept her team in contention. Queen's, however, went into the half-time break with a slim 29-28 lead.

The new National Champions dominated the third quarter and at one stage opened up a 15-point lead over Holy Childhood, an effort led by Clarke which kept the opponents restricted to only three points to maintain their lead, a rosy 43-31 at the final break.

Southern Conference champions Holy Childhood fought back in the fourth and final quarter by outscoring Queen's, but they had too much work to do as they were trailing by at least 15 points.

While Clarke was the game's top scorer for the victors, Mitchell took that honour for Hoy Childhood with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Meanwhile, former champions Camperdown High were awarded third-place as St Andrew High For Girls did not show for the game.

— Gerald Reid

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