The third-place playoff and the final of the U15 All Island Girls’ “A” Division Basketball Tournament were tipped-off today at the Holy Family Convent Basketball Complex. Holy Family Convent (HFC) beat Good Shepherd Convent (GSC), 65-36 at full time to win the championship.

Read: Holy Family Convent`s road to final

HFC startwd by winning the jump-ball but failed to convert the maiden possession into points. GSC came on strong out of the blocks, scoring the first basket and following it up with another field goal.

Read: Good Shepherd Convent`s road to final

Even though HFC failed to score on the first possession, they replied with a dozen rapid points scored within a very short interval, which took the game away from GSC.

Read: Good Shepherd Convent`s road to final

In defense, HFC employed the half-court trap and GSC failed to get accustomed to it. The intense defensive pressure completely threw them off their offensive rhythm.

Watch: Good Shepherd Convent in action at the semi-finals

HFC’s Minoli (11) and Supuli (12) completely dominated the rebounds, giving the hosts more attempts at the basket. HFC skipper Venara Jayasundara (28) and small forward Sithumi Jayaratne (26) were sensational on the offensive end draining three pointers, lay ups and also taking on the roles of playmakers.

Watch: Holy Family Convent in action at the semi-finals

Team/Period1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter/Final
HFC26485765
GSC5172436

 

  • Best Offensive Player​: Sithumi Jayaratne (Holy Family Convent, Forward)
  • Best Defensive Player​: Dahami Sanethma (Good Shepherd Convent Guard)
  • Most Valuable Player​: Minoli Direkze (Holy Family Convent, Center)

GSC Coach Susil Udukumbura speaking with ThePapare.com said, “We had a young team for this tournament. Most of this team will remain for our next season as well. Having gained this experience at this final we will definitely put on a better performance at the All Island Girls tournament next year”.

HFC Coach Shane Daniel speaking with ThePapare.com said, “Our girls played a self-less brand of basketball sharing the ball with everyone without focusing on individual merits”.


Third Place Play-Off: Mahamaya Girls’ School (MGS) v Hill Wood College (HWC)

MSC were the first to put points on the board and dominated the 1st quarter, scoring primarily through their post players. The MSC defense denied the HWC forwards from making lay ups or floaters at the paint area, using their height advantage.

Watch: Mahamaya Girls’ School – Kandy in action at the semi-finals

MSC employed the usual offensive play of a guard feeding the high post and then using cutters to get an open look at the basket. At lemons the scores read, 21-9 in favor of MSC.

Watch: Hill Wood College – Kandy in action at the semi-finals

HWC began to dominate the game during the second half, making a valiant push in that period and narrowing the margin. Even though they managed to win the 2nd half, they fell short by 9 points in the end as they conceded defeat to their inner-city rivals 32-23.

Kisali and Vishmi top scored for MSC while Supuni and Medin topped the cards for HWC.

Final scores

Team/Period1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter/Final
MCK13212632
HCK191423

ThePapare.com player of the game: Vishmi (Mahamaya Girls’ School, Forward)