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First V Girls crowned All schools champion again!Posted in Basketball on Friday, 6 July, 2018
The juggernaut that is Girl’s Basketball at Mandurah Catholic College was on a roll again after beating Clontarf in the All Schools Grand Final held on the last Tuesday of term. The final score was 68-53.
The title was a fitting finale for two of the College’s most successful basketball players, Georgia Adams and Ella Sigley, who will graduate from MCC with their fellow Year 12 students this year.
The game itself was a see-sawing affair early, with both teams trading baskets regularly. For the maroon and gold, it was sharp shooter Georgia Adams (Year 12) who got the team going from range, hitting threes like she was playing an arcade version of NBA Jam Session while fellow Year 12 student, Ella Sigley got the inside game going by driving to the basket with aggression.
The second quarter saw the game open up a little and MCC drew clear with some great ball use and hitting open shots. We looked to be especially dangerous on the fast break with key seniors, Jaide Britton (Year 10) and Grace Lawler (Year 11) providing some spark.
As the half came to a close the game tightened again but MCC held strong to take a lead into the break. An exuberant Mr Macdonald pleaded with his team to ensure they reduce errors and move the ball with speed. This saw the team open the second half with some quick scores and took the lead to almost 20. Once again much of the offensive contribution came from Adams and Sigley, while the support on defence from the likes of Year 11 trio, Kameron Bazzo, Olivia Bassett-Scarfe and Kloe Phillips-Jones ensured Clontarf’s opportunities to score would prove difficult.
Late in the third Mr Macdonald unleashed the future of MCC basketball almost all at once with Year 9 students, Tori Ranson and Ruby James and Year 7 students, Kaitlyn Srhoj and Holly Britton taking the court and showing that they too can play at the senior level.
Rolling into the fourth, MCC looked to have all but secured victory and begun celebrations early by trying to get Holly Britton a three point shot, which proved difficult considering she was wearing the very heavy 51 jersey. The game ended as it started with the likes of Georgia and Ella taking charge and finishing their First V careers at the pinnacle with a well deserved win.
Well done to Mr Brendan Macdonald on coaching yet another successful girls campaign. He is now considered one of the all-time greats along with Greg Popovich in terms of coaching stature, while the efforts of the team over the season is to be applauded in regards to not only the ability shown but the team work necessary to get the job done. We farewell and thank the Year 12s who have been key players over their time at the College and look forward to reloading and defending the crown in 2019.
Mr Danny Chartres
Acting Director of Sport