Harrison College fought valiantly to emerge with a 29-25 win over hosts Christ Church Foundation in the WIBISCO Senior Girls Basketball Tournament played this afternoon at Church Hill, Christ Church.
Ivanna Odel top scored with ten points for Harrison College while Alisha Alleyne and Cherese Nichols chipped in with nine and eight points respectively. For Foundation Tamara Trotman scored seven points and Tiffany Downes had six.
Foundation had the initial advantage in the game, ending the first quarter 8-7 up and 14-11 in the second quarter. But Harrison College turned the game around after the half-time break and managed to lock the game at 19 all in the third quarter before surging ahead in the final quarter where they held on to a four point lead and did not surrender that advantage down the final stretch.
The Crumpton Street girls got the first open look at the hoop but missed which allowed Foundation to snatch the rebound, dribble down court and score through Stephian Shepherd.
Harrison College responded with a two pointer of their own thanks to point guard Odel. College displayed a good passing game and combined with some nifty ball-handling frequently threatened Foundation in the paint. Alleyne was the recipient of a number of assists and made good on a few lay-ups. However, Foundation kept a one-point advantage going into the second quarter.
When that quarter commenced Nichols scored two points to put Harrison College up but Foundation responded through two free-throws nailed by forward Downes. Nichols again drilled a two-pointer off a nifty move to the basket but Downes scored soon after for Foundation and Aisha Trimmingham added another two points to Foundation’s tally to maintain momentarily daylight between themselves and the visitors.
In the penultimate quarter Harrison College opened the score through Alleyne and again Downes scored for Foundation. The scores became locked at 19 all when first Odel netted for Harrison College to give them a 19-17 lead and Foundation small forward Trotman scored a lovely lay-up.
Alleyne got the ball rolling for Harrison College with two points in the decisive final quarter but Foundation did what they had done throughout the game and responded with two of their own thanks to Trimmingham. Alleyne scored four points in that quarter and Harrison College played strong defence in the period to keep their lead and end with a close victory.