- National Teams
Southwark Pride continued their dominant season with a 52-27 win over Sevenoaks Suns to claim the 2017 Under-18 Women’s National title on Sunday in Manchester.
Khaleah Edwards picked up MVP with 16 points and 7 rebounds, whilst Ire Ozzy-Momodu hauled in 18 rebounds.
“Defence wins championships. It’s a clichéd statement and people say it all of the time,” said Southwark Pride U18 Women’s Head Coach Jackson Gibbons.
“But, we really work on it and do our very best to try and take away what the other team does well.
“Most importantly though, it’s about culture. Our girls love – and work hard for – each other and this was their last time playing together.
“Our hashtag all year has been ‘the last ride’ and they wanted to go off into the sunset together.
“They’ve done a clean sweep and that’s a testament to them and they’re commitment to playing together. They are a great and very special team.”
Gibbons added: “We’ve got another group of players coming up from underneath this one and who knows whether or not they’ll be as good?
“But, we’re going to work as unified as this group are and then the results will come. This group of players though will be a hard act to follow.
“I’m happy for them. They’re all going on to better places and opportunities than I can provide, so it’s a fairy tale for me.”
Dani Lozzi led Sevenoaks with 7 points, 12 rebounds and 12 steals.
Third Place Playoff
Oaklands College Wolves took third place with a 69-57 win over Myerscough.
Tia Freeman led Oaklands with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals.
Shauna Harrison had 15 points and 21 rebounds, with Milly Knowles had 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Oaklands College Wolves v Sevenoaks Suns
Sevenoaks Suns had little trouble dispatching of Oaklands with an 84-46 victory to book their spot in the final.
Gabby Nikitinaite led Sevenoaks with 31 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Dani Lozzi had a 13 point, 10 rebound, 11 assist, 9 steal triple double.
Southwark Pride v Myerscough College Spinners
Southwark Pride advance to the final with a 74-48 win over Myerscough on Saturday.
Khaleah Edwards had 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead Southwark.
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