The two semi-finals of the U15 All Island ‘A’ Division Girls Tournament  were worked off yesterday at the Holy Family Convent Basketball Complex. Holy Family Convent (HFC) along with Good Shepherd Convent (GSC) qualified to the finals of the tournament.

 Holy Family Convent v Mahamaya Girls’ School – Kandy (MGS)

 MGS won the jump ball and scored the first field goal for the game. The hosts, HFC, responded with 11 straight points and stamped their authority early in the game.



View Photos: Holy Family Convent v Mahamaya Girls’ School – Kandy

 HFC was organized and disciplined on both ends of the floor and had a complimentary mix of guards. They employed a half-court trap from the opening whistle which really threw the MGS offense off rhythm.

Venara Jayasundara, Sithumi Jayaratne and Kishuri Reiss did the bulk of the scoring for HFC. Center Minoli Direkze was a looming presence on the defensive end. For MGS, skipper, Anuki De Silva and Vishmi had the most number of points on board.

 Quarter by Quarter scores

Team/Period 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter/Final
Holy Family Convent, Colombo 13 26 37 57
Mahamaya Girls school, Kandy 3 11 23 25 MVP – Venara Jayasundara (Point Guard, Holy Family Convent)  

Shane Daniel and Roshan Randima, coaches, of HFC, speaking to said, “Our team has some really committed players who have a great attitude and have sacrificed a lot to improve the team. We have great support from the parents, teacher-in-charge and from Sister; and it was a collection of all these factors which contributed to the win” 

Chamith Pushpakumara, Coach of MGS speaking to, “This is the 1st time in 20 years that Mahamaya Girls’ School, Kandy got selected to an ‘A’ division tournament and our main objective was to reach the semi-finals. Although we would have loved to make it all the way to finals, we fell short. But now our plan is to win the 3rd place of the tournament and that would be a fitting reward for our journey thus far

 Good Shepherd Convent (GSC) v Hillwood College – Kandy (HCK)

The second semi-final turned out be a very low scoring affair, with both teams struggling to find any flow in offense. It was GSC who managed to stay ahead of their opponents, only getting out-scored in the 2nd quarter. Dahami Sanethma from GSC was the stand out performer in the game.



View Photos: Good Shepherd Convent v Hillwood College – Kandy

 Quarter by Quarter scores

Team/Period 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter/Final
Good Shepherd convent, Colombo 6 13 26 36
Hillwood College, Kandy 2 12 19 22 MVP: Dahami Sanethma (Shooting guard Good Shepherd Convent) 

Kovindu Samarasekara, Coach of HCK, speaking with, “It’s been a while since the Hillwood College basketball team got selected to the division ‘A’ schools’ tournament. I am very proud of the effort from the girls to make it this far. I believe we would have fared better if we had more experience under our belts”