Springer Memorial edged Graydon Sealy Secondary in a nail-biting showdown 29-27 this afternoon in the preliminary round of the National Sports Council [NSC] female basketball competition.
Playing in Paddock Road, both teams got off to a slow start.
Springer surged ahead in the first two quarters 4-0 and 14-9, but Graydon Sealy pulled the game back after halftime, clawing back within one at 19-18.
However, they just could not stop Springer – last year’s runners up – as they went on to win by a two points.
Point guard Tricia Phillips was the only player to reach double figures with 11 for Springer Memorial, with the second highest score being six from Shaquilla Davis who was responsible for scoring the layup that sealed the game for the Government Hill girls.
In the fourth and decisive quarter, with just 34 seconds left to play, Davis stole the ball and found her way to the basket.
Springer Memorial came runners up to Queen’s College [QC] last year and it seems they can possibly win the title this time around with QC’s premature exit of the competition.
For the losers, point guard Regina St Hill topscored with 10, Shade Carrington scored seven and Gabrielle Henry ended with six points.
So far, Springer have played five games and won four, with Combermere being the only team in the competition to defeat them.
The defeat has placed Graydon Sealy in a must win situation when they meet Christ Church Foundation if they are to stay alive in the competition.
Games will continue this Thursday when Parkinson Memorial visit Springer Memorial, Harrison College will take on the St Michael School and Foundation will host Combermere. (ML)