Busy basketball schedule for KZN

2008-08-18 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal midlands schools have been involved in a busy basketball schedule.

Alexandra High had a comfortable 44-14 win over Maritzburg Christian School but went down to both Epworth and St Nicholas.

In the Epworth encounter, Epworth dominated from the start and the score was 32-17 to Epworth at the half.

Alex gave their utmost in the second half, and although they won it 19-17, they still trailed because of the first-half deficit. The final score was 49-36 in Epworth’s favour.

Against St Nicholas, the Alex team really let themselves down by missing easy lay-ups. St Nicholas won comfortably 49-35.

For Alex, Lidia Matabara and Sne Zondo have led the scoring.

Matabara has averaged 11 points a match, with Zondo’s average at 13 points a game. Toba Dlamini has been their top rebounder.

St Nicholas were also involved in a match with The Wykeham Collegiate. It was an evenly matched game, but St Nicholas ran out 48-39 winners.

Epworth played both St John’s and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High.

In their match against GHS, neither team really settled into their game. GHS dominated in the first half and led 16-6 at the break.

Epworth fought back in the third quarter, but were unable to sustain the pressure and let GHS back into the game in the fourth quarter for an easy 10-2 scoreline.

The final score was 31-17 to GHS with Anele Shandu scoring 14 points and the remainder being

evenly shared between the rest of the team.

For Epworth, Zipho Mthembu scored eight points. Lee Buna dominated the rebounds for Epworth, with Sbahle Mkhize and Sphume Malunga working well under the boards for GHS.

The GHS team had a good 50-10 win over St Anne’s. Mafynn Buthelezi scored 12 points for the winners.

St John’s have played impressive basketball this season and triumphed over Epworth in a hard-fought match. Epworth made too many unforced errors and missed the easy baskets while St John’s played a more constructive game.

The final result was 45-37, in favour of St John’s. They then took on GHS, and hoped to avenge their loss at last week’s tournament but they finally went down 44-23 to GHS.

It was a good game, but St John’s relied too heavily on the skills of the very promising Lihle

Bhengu who scored 11 points for the team. Kate Symons had her best game of the season, scoring seven points.

GHS once again showed their all-round strength as a team. The post- players worked hard and were responsible for many defensive rebounds and contributed well to the score.

Twenty-six points came from Sne Madlala, Sbahle Mkhize and Sphume Malunga and the versatile Anele Shandu scored 10 points.

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