Graydon Sealy and Springer Memorial stormed into the semi-finals of the Powerade-sponsored Under-19 Schools Netball Tournament last night.
Foundation and Combermere joined them, but not without major struggle.
Playing at the Netball Stadium, Graydon Sealy seemingly got the easiest task of the quarter-finalists when they embarrassed Deighton Griffith 43-8 in an encounter that Graydon Sealy’s girls should be complimented for breaking a sweat.
Goal-shoot Shonica Wharton and goal-attack Nikita President have been two of the better offensive weapons on show in the tournament and they were irresistible yesterday, accounting for 35 of Graydon Sealy’s 43 goals. Wharton netted 20 goals from 24 attempts while President had 15 swishing inside the net from her 18 attempts. Alyssa Bynoe, showing her usual poise under the net, was a perfect six from six attempts, while Ashantia Phillips netted half of her four attempts.
But it was Graydon Sealy’s defensive pressure that threw Deighton Griffith’s game-plan totally out of sync. They challenged everything, marked closely without fouling and generally harassed the Christ Church school to such an extent that often their passes went awry and did not find their attacking options. Perhaps if Deighton Griffith had been able to make more attempts, the score-line might have looked more respectable. But they didn’t, and they got hammered. Treshonia Best scored three goals from the four attempts she had, while Shereka Wilkinson’s five goals came from a meagre eight attempts made.
After the first quarter, Graydon Sealy led 14-2; 28-3 after the second; and 34-8 at the third quarter.
The Lodge School will look back at two missed goal attempts by Trishann Deane and wonder: “What if. . .?”
They were beaten 22-21 in an exciting match-up that went down to the wire. Indeed, at the final whistle there was slight confusion as to who might have won but the score sheets showed it was going to be heartbreak for the St John girls.
The closeness of the game was exemplified by the scores at the intervals with the first-quarter break score being 4-4, the second quarter 7-6, and the third 14-14. It came down to that last quarter and which team could better hold their nerve. It was also a case of the service provided to the goal-attacks and shooters, and in the final analysis, Foundation got more shooting opportunities than their opponents. Shooter Sasha Bryan sank 19 goals from her 23 attempts, while Tyiesha Warner helped out with three goals from seven attempts.
Jalicia Bascombe was sensational for The Lodge School, missing only one of her 15 attempts, but could have done with her team-mates getting the ball to her more frequently. The Society, St. John school can only conjecture on what would have happened if she had gotten more service. Chemyne Alleyne was perfect with her six attempts, while Deane scored one goal from three attempts.
Easy for Springer
Traditional powerhouse Springer Memorial easily defeated Lester Vaughan 31-16 in a game where both teams missed several shots but in circumstances where the victors got into shooting positions more frequently than their opponents.
After the first quarter, Springer led 10-7; after the second, 14-10, and after the third, 21-14. Lester Vaughan were in the game over two quarters, where they never trailed by more than four goals, but Springer upped their game on both ends of the court, especially defensively, and simply distanced themselves from the St. Thomas school.
For Springer, Shakeila Smith led the attack with 24 goals from 33 attempts and Zafiya Kirton had seven goals from her 14 tries. Brandy Grosvenor top scored with 11 goals for Lester Vaughan but missed a whopping 12 attempts. Conversely, Tachina Young was perfect under the basket with five goals from five attempts.
In another thriller, Combermere got the better of Queen’s College 19-18 in a low-scoring affair.
At the end of the first quarter Queen’s College led 7-5 but Combermere came storming back over the next quarter where they doubled their score, while limiting Queen’s College to a mere two goals. Combermere then increased their advantage in the third period to close off at 16-14. The Waterford, St. Michael school was outscored in the final period but just managed to hold on for the win, with their second-quarter run proving pivotal to their success.
For Combermere, Sheniqua Thomas scored a game-high 13 goals but missed 12 attempts and will have to improve that percentage shooting in the semis. Marissa Elliot had four goals in four attempts and Donika Payne netted both of her attempts. For Queen’s College, Cherry Thomas had 12 goals from 18 attempts, while Niara Forde netted six of her 10 attempts.
The semi-finals will be played on November 13 at the Netball Stadium with Graydon Sealy taking on Combermere at 3.15 p.m., while Foundation battle against Springer Memorial in the second semi-final that starts at 3.45 p.m. (WG)