Non-stop action in competitive high school girls’ basketball league

2011-08-31 00:00

THE high school girls’ basketball league is in full swing and there have been many close and exciting matches.

Every Wednesday afternoon U14, U15, U16 and Open teams contest the various leagues. September 10 sees age-group tournaments for the district.

In the Open section the Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High (GHS) first team have beaten Grace, Linpark, Alex, St John’s, The Wykeham Collegiate and St Anne’s by a fairly large margin on each occasion. The matches between the other schools have been much closer.

Carter High had a good 18-10 win over TWC, who had a narrow 15-17 loss to St Anne’s. St Anne’s also beat Epworth 20-14. Alex played well in their match against Carter, which they won 35-20; they then had a narrow 29-31 loss to Epworth. Voortrekker had a good 22-14 win over Carter, but lost 10-40 to Epworth. St John’s lost to both Epworth and TWC, but had good wins over Grace and Linpark.

The uMgungundlovu Invitation Tournament held last weekend was attended by teams from Gauteng, Free State, Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and, for the first time, Peterhouse from Zimbabwe. Sixty-one matches were played over three days at the St John’s and GHS venues.

The GHS fourth team were unbeaten with a tie between Pretoria II, GHS III and MCS for second place, but on count-out Pretoria were awarded second place.

The A Section was played in two pools. GHS went through to the semi-finals unbeaten with wins against Alex (55-20), The Glen (51-23), Epworth (36-15), Lereko High (51-23) and Danville (52-40).

In the crosspool play-offs GHS played well to win through to the final 50-22. In the other section Peterhouse had emerged as the top team, but lost their semi-final play-off to Lereko 30-45. In the playoff for the bronze medal position Peterhouse beat Pretoria by one point.

The final between an improving Lereko High from Bloemfontein and the GHS first team was tense in the first half with neither side dominating. GHS had a 9-2 lead, but Lereko clawed their way back into the game to finish 11-11 at half-time. This spurred GHS on and they had a very good third quarter.

Thando Ndlovu, the GHS captain, showed her true worth. She scored 10 points in the quarter, made a number of steals and topped the rebound table.

Going into the final quarter GHS led by 10 points.

The scoring potential of Matshego, from the Lereko side, was curtailed as she was played right out of the match and GHS finally emerged as worthy winners 35-19.

uMgungundlovu Invitation Tournament

A SECTION: 1: Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School I; 2: Lereko High; 3: Peterhouse; 4 Pretoria High School for Girls I; 5 Edu-College; 6: Durban Girls’ High; 7: Danville Girls’ High; 8: Epworth; 9: GHS II; 10: Alexandra High; 11: The Glen; 12: St John’s.

B SECTION: 1: Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School IV; 2: Pretoria High School for Girls II; 3: Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School II; 4 Maritzburg Christian School; 5 Eshowe; 6: Lereko High II; 7: Danville II.

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