It could get no closer on Tuesday at the Netball Stadium as The Lodge School ignored the courtside support which Combermere had to defeat them 21-20, as action in the Barbados Secondary Schools Netball League continued.
It was a constant to-and-fro exchange as the girls strived for the upper-hand. The scores at the intervals were indicative of the keen tussle that truly exploded in the final quarter.
After the first period, The Lodge led 6-2 and extended this to 11-6 by the second quarter. The girls from Waterford tried their utmost to narrow the gap but their shooting was not quite up to mark and the third quarter score of 18-10 told its own story. But in the final period Combermere launched a stirring assault on both the offensive and defensive end in their effort to snatch an unlikely victory.
So intense was the pressure they put on The Lodge that the girls from St. John could only manage an additional three goals while Combermere netted 10 goals. Alas, for the Waterford girls, it was simply a little too late as the final whistle found them one goal behind the winners.
For The Lodge, goal-shoot Chemyne Alleyne had 17 goals from 22 attempts, while goal-attack Jalicia Bascombe scored four from six tries. Combermere’s Danika Payne led the scoring with 12 goals but missed a sizeable 10 attempts. Shaniqua Thomas aided in the offensive output with 8 goals from 14 attempts.
In a heavyweight clash between the traditionally powerful Springer Memorial and the Graydon Sealy Secondary, more familiarly known as the Garrison Secondary, Graydon Sealy earned a 34-26 win on the strength of their two quality players, Shonica Wharton (24 goals from 30 attempts) and Nikita President (10 from 15). Shakela Smith was outstanding for Springer Memorial with 20 goals from 25 attempts.
Graydon Sealy led throughout the encounter with scores at the quarters being 11-7, 19-12, 26-20 and 34-26. (WG)