HYDEL pulled off a close but exciting 13-12 victory over Portmore Missionary to capture the 2012 Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) Prep Schools Netball League title at the Leila Robinson Courts on Thursday.
The Hydel aggregation were winning the title for the third time in eight consecutive finals.
Hydel scored the winning point in the final seconds of the game when the scores were locked at 12-12.
Portmore went up 3-0 before Hydel scored their first goal with the winners leading 4-1 at the first quarter. Hydel came through nicely in the second quarter to draw even at 5-5 before taking the lead 6-5 at half-time.
Hydel managed to keep their lead in the third quarter and were up 11-6 after scoring five goals to Portmore's one.
The fourth and final quarter produced a lot of excitement as Portmore played themselves back into contention through some nice and quick passes with shooters Yalissa Brown and Brianne Whyte scoring to close the lead to 12-10 with two minutes remaining.
Portmore Missionary then netted two straight goals to tie the match at 12-12.
Winning coach Lorraine Miller said after her victory that she was very elated as the team had come a long way and the players had played extremely well.
"These are first-time girls and I think they have done well to have reached this far. I told them to capitalise on the mistakes of their opponents. I also told my two defenders to closely mark the two shooters," said Miller.
"Portmore is a very good team, but I gave my players the instructions to do what they have to do."
Losing coach Angela Williams said that it is not only victory that is sweet but also defeat and felt proud of her players as they did well to have reached the final.
"It was a very competitive match and we were unfortunate not to have won, but nevertheless we are still very happy. The match could have gone into extra time if our defenders had gained possession of the ball with so many attempts missed by Hydel in the last couple of seconds," Williams said.
Meanwhile, Quest defeated Our Lady of the Angels 11-3 in the third and fourth-place play-off.
In the high schools section, Quality Academics defeated Belair High 18-9 to capture the title. Quality led 8-2 at half time. Third place went to Maths Unlimited who defeated Pentab High 15-11 after leading 8-7 at the interval.