Exciting start to season

2008-08-04 00:00

THE girls’ schools basketball season for 2008 opened with some exciting matches, which bodes well for the rest of the term.

The match between Alex and Carter went down to the wire. At half-time the score was 8-8. The second half was just as exciting. The game remained close throughout, with Carter taking any opportunity offered them by Alex.

Lidia Matabara rebounded well for Alex, but the Carter defence was too solid for Alex to penetrate easily. Alex looked as if they could pull off the win in the last few minutes when Toba Dlamini, Alex’s top scorer with nine points, sank a three-pointer, but with vital free throws missed in the dying seconds, Carter sneaked home 26-25.

Maritzburg Christian School, new to first-team status, have had a tough introduction.

In their first match against Epworth, both teams started off nervously and the half-time score of 10-7 to Epworth was a fair reflection of the game.

In the second half Epworth came into their own and added 27 points. Lee Buna top-scored for Epworth with 12 points in their 37-14 win.

MCC found the going even tougher against St John’s. Here the half-time score was 19-4 but St John’s added just two points in the second half. For the winners, Shorty Ndlela top-scored with 14 points, followed closely by school captain Kristy Schladenhauffen on 13 points in their 43-6 win.

The Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High team, featuring five new caps, had a comfortable win over The Wykeham Collegiate. At half-time the score was 40-6 in GHS’s favour.

TWC worked tirelessly and progressed well in the second half, with Shona-Leah Weston contributing nine points in the game. Anele Shandu, who scored 18 points, spearheaded the GHS team. The positives of the GHS game were that points were scored both from set shots and under the boards, and the team combined fairly well for a first match of the season.

Newcomer Sbahle Mkhize scored 14 points, Zanele Tshabalala 12 and Sphume Malunga 11. The final score was 70-21 to GHS.

Epworth and St Anne’s had a very exciting encounter. The half-time score was 14-12 in Epworth’s favour. Despite losing Buna through an injury, Epworth held on to win 27-24. Vuvu Njozela showed her potential on attack, in defence and in scoring. Nana Sokhela added to the excitement of the game as she netted two three-pointers.

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